Publication Date April 30, 2017

Winter Storm Ursa a Crippling, Destructive Blizzard; One of Heaviest High Plains Late-Spring Snowstorms of Record

United States
Image: The Weather Channel

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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