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Snow chances this weekend, far cry from last Friday's blizzard

Snow chances this weekend, far cry from last Friday's blizzard

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PLATTSMOUTH – There’s a chance for some light snow in the area this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, but apparently it won’t be nearly as bad as last Friday’s blizzard.

“We do have a chance of light snow, but it might be warm enough to be mixed with rain,” said Scott Dergan, a NWS meteorologist in Valley. “It doesn’t look like anything significant.”

The brunt of the storm appears to be heading to South Dakota and Minnesota, he said.

The snow should arrive by Saturday and continue through Sunday with highs on Saturday around 33 and 35 on Sunday, Dergan said. Friday should be dry, he added.

The most significant thing, though, will be the drop in temperatures what with Wednesday’s projected high being 50 degrees, according to Dergan.

“It should be in the 30s for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That’s a good 20 degrees cooler for the afternoon highs.”

According to NWS statistics, the Plattsmouth area received three to four inches of snow last week when winter made a blustery return, with blizzard-like conditions making travel time consuming, even dangerous.

One woman said it took her 40 minutes early Friday morning to travel from her Beaver Lake home to her job in downtown Plattsmouth.

According to the NWS, a wind gust of 60 mph was recorded at the Plattsmouth Airport at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14.

A wind gust of 51 mph was recorded there at 9:15 a.m. on Friday.

The NWS classified that storm as a blizzard, not so much by the snow, but by its impact from gusty winds and low visibility.

“There were times when you didn’t want to be on the roads,” Dergan said.

The winds made snow removal around Cass County extra difficult, according to Lenny Thorne, roads superintendent.

“It was hard to get going,” he said. “You couldn’t keep up with it.”

The storm also canceled schools and Friday night events across Cass County.

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