Winter Storm Ursa a Crippling, Destructive Blizzard; One of Heaviest High Plains Late-Spring Snowstorms of Record
One of the clearest changes in the weather across the US is the increasing frequency and intensity of heavy rain and snow. A warmer atmosphere holds more water, and storms supplied by climate change with increasing moisture are widely observed to produce heavier rain and snow.
Winter Storm Ursa has become a crippling, destructive blizzard from the Texas panhandle to Nebraska, stranding vehicles, downing trees and power lines and whipping up snow drifts up to 8 feet in one of the strongest snowstorms to slam this area so late in the spring.
Here are some of the latest storm reports as of Sunday evening:
- Colby, Kansas: Estimated 14 to 20 inches of snow
- Herndon, Kansas: 6 to 8 inches of snow measured in 90 minutes
- Elkhart, Kansas: Major tree damage, snow drifts up to 8 feet and power outages
- Cambridge, Nebraska: Power poles broken
- Red Willow County, Nebraska: Power poles snapped from Danbury to Lebanon
- Near Goodwell, Texas: 70-mph wind gust
- Arnold, Nebraska: Highway 92 blocked by heavy snow and has been closed
- Near Callaway, Nebraska: Power lines have about 1 inch of ice and lights are flickering on and off
- Beaver City, Nebraska: Estimated 5 inches of snow; power outages in much of western Furnas County