Photo by National Weather Service in North Platte
The forecast winter storm cell (as of Friday afternoon)
Winter snow clipped the northern Nebraska Panhandle Friday night and Saturday, while South Dakota was buried under 1-3.5 feet of wet snow.
Eight inches of wet, heavy snow fell in the Panhandle, with drifts as high as six feet, according to a National Weather Service observer in Sheridan County.
The snow contained more than two inches of precipitation, the weather service said.
Three people died Friday in a car crash east of Crawford -- an accident blamed on slippery roads.
Elsewhere, heavy rains fell in parts of Nebraska, and strong winds blew throughout western part of the state, sending wind-chills into the mid-20s.
Only light rain fell in North Platte, but cold northwest winds roared at 50 miles an hour at times. The low temperature was 36 degrees overnight.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the 70s on Monday-Wednesday as the first storm of autumn moves on.
A record 21.5 inches of snow fell in Rapid City as of 6 a.m. Saturday. Thirty-one inches were reported just a mile southwest of Rapid City at 7 a.m. Saturday.
In one of the deepest reports, 43.5 inches was reported in Lead, S.D. at 7:30 p.m. Friday.