While there's not much left to the month of April, what we have already experienced has been on the dry side as far as precipitation is concerned.
The lack of precipitation is sending parts of the region into extreme drought. The worst drought conditions are farther to our south, down into southern Kansas. Areas of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and the Dakotas are all experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. These dry conditions and warming temperatures also increase the risk for fire weather danger across the region.
But just how are we stacking up as the month draws to a close? For snow, we have seen slightly more than average for the month of April. Typically, Omaha receives one inch of snowfall during April, but we received one and a half inches. While we were above average for the month, we still ended the snow season well below average. Omaha averages 26.3 inches of snow during the season, but this year we ended up with 17.0 inches, which is 9.3 inches below average.
We are below average for rainfall, too. Omaha averages almost three inches of rain during the month, but so far, we have only received 0.27 inches. We are looking at one last shot of rain for April late Sunday into Monday morning. However, more active weather looks to arrive just in time for the beginning of May with a chance of showers and storms possible Tuesday, Wednesday, and into early Thursday. While models are still not in agreement and rain totals will continue to change, we will be monitoring the system over the next several days.
Between the two models, the American model wants to bring in just under half an inch of rain for the Omaha area. The European model is showing more rain for Omaha, close to one inch.
With more active weather headed our way within the next seven days, make sure to stay up to date with the latest weather information by watching the 3 News Now Weather Alert Team.