The flurry of white flakes that fell from the sky Monday in Omaha was enough to entice even a cynic to ponder the magic of nature.
But it wasn’t enough count as Omaha’s first official snowfall of the season.
Based on measurements taken at Eppley Airfield, a trace of snow had fallen in Omaha by late Monday morning, said Scott Dergan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
For a snowfall to be official, there must be a measurable amount, which is defined as .1 of an inch, he said.
Omaha is on track to be at least two weeks behind in recording this season’s first snow. Dergan said the average first snow falls by Nov. 13 in Omaha.
Unless the forecast changes, no additional snow is likely this week. Temperatures are expected to warm and skies clear at least into the weekend. By Saturday and Sunday, highs could be in the 50s.
Dergan said there’s no real significance to falling behind on snowfall at this point, despite the ongoing drought. Other nearby areas have received snow, he said.
Slightly more than a half inch of snow fell in western Douglas County on Monday, Dergan said. And further west and north, significant snowfall were recorded Monday.
North-central Nebraska saw its second substantial snow of the season, with 3 inches to 7 inches falling. Valentine recorded 7 inches of snow as of 6 a.m., according to Jim Sweet, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in North Platte.
Of greater concern is the overall lack of moisture. Omaha is almost 9 inches behind on moisture for the year, despite having recorded nearly 30 inches.