Another storm with rain and snow is expected to sweep through northwest Nebraska next week, affecting the same area where thousands of cattle died in a rainy early October blizzard.
The good news is that this next storm won't be as potent because it is originating from a different part of the country. It is expected to bring less moisture and winds that aren't as strong.
Chris Buttler, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said this storm will come out of the Northwest, while the early October storm originated in the Southwest. Storms from the Southwest can tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as they move into the Plains, while storms from the Northwest can't access as much moisture.
On the other hand, this storm will usher in colder air.
"What I would tell someone right now that lives in that part of the state is to monitor the forecast and keep an eye on it," he said. "There's a lot of uncertainty associated with this."
Buttler's forecast for that area as of Thursday afternoon:
Sunday: highs in the low 60s, the last day of warm weather.
Sunday night: Lows around freezing.
Monday: Rain could begin in the morning, which is likely to be the warmest part of the day, with the precipitation gradually changing over to snow in the afternoon as temperatures drop. Daytime highs likely in the upper 30s to around 40 degrees.
Monday night: Lows in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees, with snow possibly continuing. Monday night into Tuesday likely to be the worst of the storm.
Tuesday: Highs in the mid-30s, with snow possibly continuing. "This depends upon how fast this system moves through; we don't have a good handle on that yet," he said.
Wednesday: Highs around 40 degrees, sunshine.