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Western Neb. gets early taste of winter weather

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Western Nebraska received an early taste of winter this weekend.

Snow began falling Friday and continued Saturday, said Deb Harimon, owner and manager of Route 26 Mart in Scottsbluff.

"It's just really wet," Harimon said. "It seems at times more like it's raining than snowing."

Harimon says the snow has slowed traffic to her convenience store, but that most of the roads in the area were clear Saturday.

Light snow was expected to continue through Saturday afternoon in the southern Nebraska Panhandle, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavier snowfall was seen Saturday in areas north and east of Scottsbluff — near Sidney and in northern Sioux and Dawes counties, where up to 6 inches of snow had fallen by midafternoon Saturday. Light snow was seen as far east as North Platte in central Nebraska.

Very cold temperatures were expected overnight into early Sunday, the weather service said, with wind chills in the low teens possible. Dense fog also was expected to develop Saturday evening, making travel along Interstate 80 into Wyoming dangerous.

Scottsbluff radio station KNEB-AM reported ( that Western Sugar Cooperative paused sugar beet harvesting in light of the freeze. The cooperative hopes to resume the harvest on Monday, but will have agriculturists evaluate the crop for damage first.

The snow forced the cancellation of the Oktoberfest parade in Sidney and cancelled some sporting events in the region.