Remembering the winter storm of March 2006

HASTINGS, Neb. (Nebraska) – It will have been 17 years since this weekend when it was supposed to be the first day of spring, but luckily winter has decided to work overtime. It may have been all green on St. Patrick’s Day in March of 2006, but that wouldn’t last long as an intense winter storm system brought record snowfall to the region over the weekend of that year. The snow began accumulating Sunday morning of the 19th and continued into the early morning hours of Tuesday the 21st. When the storm finally passed, the amount of snowfall ranged from 8 to 10 inches along the Kansas-Nebraska line and from 25 to 30 inches in the Ord and Greeley areas. Greeley reported an all-time record 30 inches of snow, and numerous locations north of Highway 6 broke snowfall records. Gale-force winds of 25 to 35 mph blew through the storm and caused the snow to shift. Nearly all roads, including Interstate 80, businesses and schools closed. The school began reopening on the 22nd. A few shelters have been opened, mainly in towns along the highway to accommodate stranded motorists. The Weather Channel also made its Nebraska debut covering the storm live from Lincoln.

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