The University of Nebraska has put together some excellent pamphlets, available online, that will help gardeners and homeowners do their best in times of extreme weather.
One of the guides — http://turf.unl.edu/pdfcaextpub/Grassesforlawns2012k.pdf — offers advice on which types of grass to plant.
Buffalo grass, Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue all do well in Nebraska.
Here are some of the differences, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
• Tall fescue: It's the best lawn grass for the eastern one-third of the state. While it requires more water than Kentucky bluegrass, its roots extend deeper in the soil, so it's better able to weather dry spells than Kentucky bluegrass. It's not advised for the western two-thirds of the state, given its difficulty tolerating winter weather.
• Kentucky bluegrass: Best grass for about the western three-fourths of the state because of its ability to tolerate winter. It can be used in eastern Nebraska.
• Buffalo grass: Does well across most of the state but has a long winter dormancy period.
In terms of fertilizer, tall fescue requires less than Kentucky bluegrass. Fescue also does a better job of crowding out dandelions. However, if either grass is to crowd out dandelions, the mower blade has to be set high.