LEXINGTON — The “bomb cyclone” as it has come to be known left a trail of flood waters and destruction as it passed over Nebraska on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March, 14.
The low underwent cyclogenesis, giving it its hurricane like features as it churned through Kansas on Wednesday and Nebraska on Thursday. Rain started on Wednesday and transitioned to snow in the evening. Rain melted much of the snow which had gone unfrozen after a 22 day long cold snap when the area never got above freezing.
Between two inches of rain fell over Dawson and Gosper counties for a 48 hour period, which was followed by an inch of snow. The frozen ground ensured the water did not sink into the ground but stayed on the surface.
Along with the increase in perception during the two day period, flooding started to become an issue all across the state. Multiple bridges were washed out and water covered the roads in many areas, including Dawson County. As of Friday, multiple highways and roads remain closed in the Panhandle and the northeastern portion of the state.