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Photo by George Lauby
Snow falls at 10 a.m. Monday near 4th & Dewey. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
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Tornado cell on Sunday near Beaver Crossing.
Photo by Jen Wang­ of the Nebraska Governor's Office
At Beaver Crossing on Monday, Heineman speaks with Terry and JoAnn Paulsen in their front yard.

Spring weather turned nasty across Nebraska Sunday and Monday, as temperatures dropped 20-30 degrees from Saturday and strong north winds swept the region.  

Temperatures hovered in the mid-40s during Sunday afternoon and continued to fall into the night. North winds blew around 25 miles an hour with gusts up to nearly 40 mph.

A day earlier, the temperature in North Platte reached the low 70s.

From 0.40-0.70 of an inch of rain fell in Lincoln County overnight Sunday. Snow mixed with rain continued to fall across west central Nebraska Monday morning, with sustained north and northwest winds reaching 25-30 mph with gusts from 40-50 mph, the National Weather Service in North Platte said. The wind chill fell to the low 20s.

High profile vehicles are urged to use extra caution.

Frost is likely over western and north central Nebraska Monday night and again Tuesday night, with temperatures at or below 35 degrees. Widespread temperatures of 30-32 can be expected in the Nebraska sand hills, the eastern panhandle, and southwest Nebraska, the weather service said.

Total precipitation is less than half normal for this time of year in North Platte, where the weather station reported 2.3 inches of actual accumulated precipitation from Jan. 1-May 11, compared to a normal average of 5.18 inches. 


Sutton tornado

South central Nebraska was hard hit by storms again Sunday. Two homes were leveled in Sutton and downtown businesses were damaged when storms hit just after 4 p.m., the Nebraska Television Network (NTV) reported. The National Weather Service reported many pivots and power polls down between Clay Center and Sutton.

A twister was spotted near Beaver Crossing.

Four major transmission lines were damaged Sunday afternoon during the tornado outbreak. Power was out in Milford and York, Mark Becker of the Nebraska Public Power District reported.  

Nearly 100 structures on a 345-kV transmission line between a substation near Hallam and the McCool substation were damaged, Becker said, affecting a wide area. Workers secured a 345-kV line that was on the ground across U.S. Highway 81.

Becker said lightning reportedly struck an arrestor and locked out a transformer around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in York, affecting 1,574 customers for approximately 39 minutes. Repairs were completed Monday morning.

Earlier Sunday, 976 customers were without power in Milford as a result of a thunderstorm that hit around 7:42 a.m. All customers were restored by 9 a.m., Becker said.

Gov. Heineman traveled to Sutton and other eastern Nebraska communities Monday morning to survey storm damage.



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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/12/2014
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