A winter storm that brought wind gusts over 62 mph to central and western Nebraska moved out of the state and toward the Great Lakes on Sunday.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Valley, Hastings and North Platte say they expect a much calmer and drier workweek.
The only warnings for early Monday involve the potential for blowing snow and slick spots from freezing and thawing.
That’s a welcome change after much of northern, western and central Nebraska was blanketed in snow and wind over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Even Nebraska City, Lincoln and Omaha saw wind gusts north of 50 mph, said Van DeWald, a weather service meteorologist in Valley.
The state’s highest winds hit Imperial, where a gust of 66 mph was recorded, said Darren Snively, a weather service meteorologist in North Platte.
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Winds had calmed a bit across much of Nebraska by late afternoon Sunday, with the east seeing gusts between 18 mph and 28 mph and the west facing gusts of 30 to 35 mph.
“We are through the worst of it,” said Cathy Zapotocny, a weather service meteorologist in Valley.
The Omaha area received a trace of snow. About an inch fell in northeast Nebraska, DeWald said. The west saw much more.
Chadron reported 14 inches. Gordon got about 9 inches. Valentine got 6. Most of the northern Sand Hills saw 2 to 4 inches. North Platte had less than an inch.
The snow and wind in western Nebraska closed a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 80 on Saturday from Big Springs to the Wyoming border.
I-80 reopened from Iowa to Wyoming about noon Sunday, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. And traffic across the state was moving, officials say.
The storm appears to have been much stronger in South Dakota, said Cliff Cole, a weather service meteorologist in North Platte.
Rapid City reported 17½ inches of snow and winds over 60 mph. The combination closed the airport Saturday afternoon. Crews couldn’t plow.
More seasonal weather will be on tap this week, Cole said. Temperatures are expected to lift back into the upper 30s to around 50 across Nebraska.
“The jet stream will lift back north,” he said. “That will bring a Pacific high pressure moving into the Plains.”