- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - Residents are still digging out after more than a foot of snow fell in parts of western Nebraska.

About 13 inches of snow fell late Sunday and early Monday on McGrew and 12 inches fell at Bayard, Steve Rubin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, Wyoming, told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald (https://bit.ly/1BQhssq ). Rubin said Scottsbluff also saw a foot of snow, while Bushnell saw about 8 inches of snow.

Many motorists became stuck in drifts of snow and some were having a hard time traveling Monday and Tuesday, Scottsbluff Police Capt. Tony Straub said.

The National Weather Service has forecast only cloudy skies for Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures topping out in the mid-30s both days.

The snowfall was part of a system that moved across the Rockies into the Panhandle and brought high winds with gusts up to 40 mph. The system moved out of the area by Monday afternoon, with slowing snow.

“There will be a slow warming that will serve as a nice recovery period,” Rubin said.

Temperatures are expected to rise Thursday, Friday and into Saturday, he said.

“(The weather) should be relatively quiet and allow for clean up,” he said.

Even with the brief warmup, snow will likely still be on the ground next week, including Christmas Day, Rubin said.

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Information from: Star-Herald, https://www.starherald.com


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