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"NEW" Winter Storm Watch

Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Southwest Nebraska as well as Northwest Kansas has been put into a WINTER STORM WATCH beginning Friday morning through Saturday evening.  Heavy mixed precipitation is possible with total snow accumulations of up to 5 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of around 1 tenth of an inch possible.  Winds could gust as high as 40 miles per hour.  This is throughout the entire Tri-State area. 

Slippery roadways could lead to hazardous travel conditions, blowing snow could lead to reduced visibility, heavy rainfall on frozen or partially frozen ground could lead to some flooding.

Today, Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 23. North wind around 5 mph becoming south after midnight.
A chance of snow showers before noon, then rain and snow showers between noon and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. High near 40. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday Night
Rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain before 3am, then snow and freezing rain. Low around 30. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Rain and snow likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain before 3pm, then rain and snow likely between 3pm and 5pm, then snow likely after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Breezy, with a northwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night
A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Breezy.
Use caution and be prepared.  If you are going to travel, keep informed about the weather in the area where you will be travelling.  Do not take unnecessary risks.  Be safe.




Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The FBI has made a media release to warn the public of a recent phone scam that spoofs, or fraudulently displays, the FBI’s real telephone number on the victim’s caller ID. The scammer impersonates a government official and uses intimidation tactics, such as the threat of arrest, to demand payment of money purportedly owed to the government. These claims are false and the calls are not from the FBI.

This scam is called government impersonation fraud and is a crime in which scammers impersonate government officials in an attempt to collect money. The scammers often threaten to extort victims with physical or financial harm or the release of sensitive data about their intended victim. In some cases the intended target may be told there is a federal warrant for their arrest, which would be dismissed by the court in exchange for immediate payment to the caller.

The caller will oftentimes know the full name, extensive background, birthdate, family members, and/or personal cell phone number of the intended victim. There are a number of ways individuals with criminal intentions can obtain this information.

The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens to request money or threaten arrest. The FBI reminds the public to limit the amount of personal information provided online, to include on social media sites.


More information about government impersonation schemes and other online frauds can be found at The FBI strongly encourages anyone contacted by a caller who says they are with the FBI or any government agency to verify the information with their local FBI Field Office or the government agency in question.

Additionally, the public should be aware that other law enforcement agencies in our community, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Social Security Administration, and local law enforcement agencies are also being impersonated using similar tactics as described above. If you receive a call of this nature, please contact these government agency’s offices and verify a representative of their agency contacted you in order to avoid being victimized.

Contact information for all 56 FBI field offices can be found at

 Individuals who have been victimized by this type of scam are encouraged to file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center by visiting and contact your local law enforcement agency.




Computer Repair Scammers

Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Red Willow County Sheriff's Office received a report this morning (08/29/2019) stating there were computer repair people going door to door offering to repair computers.  This morning, the victims were unable to get on to their computers.  One of our local computer repair stores will be getting the computer this morning to see what was done to the victims computer and will pass that on to our office.  Please do not allow unknown people in to your homes and "fix" your computers if you do not personally know them.  They may be getting your passwords so they can steal from you and your bank accounts, get credit card information, etc.  If you have had someone come to your home like this, report it.  Get any information such as vehicle description, license plate number, ect and ask to see identification to prove who these people are.  These days we need to use extreme caution in our daily lives as there are some out there that will try to steal from anyone they can.

Red Willow County Fair

Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Friday, July 19, 2019

The Red Willow County Fair is upon us.  As of today it appears the temperatures will be manageable with temperatures ranging from the lower to mid 90's as highs for the Fair and lows of lower to mid 60's.  Only a 10% chance of moisture expected. 

Dress for the heat, have your mosquitos repellant with you and re-apply when needed, have plenty of water and take breaks from the heat often.  Let's make this an enjoyable fair.  For the safety of the public and your pets, please leave your dogs at home.  They can not take the heat like humans can.  We can sweat and they cannot.

A lot of businesses will be represented at the Fair this year in the Merchant Building and along the main entrance drive.  Show your support for them and be sure to thank them for supporting the fair.  If you enjoy the fair, send a note or message to the Fair Board.  They work hard during the year to get set for the fair.  Also, show your support to the Church Food Booths, they spend a lot of time preparing food for your enjoyment.  They are all volunteers supporting their church and youth and it is usually pretty warm inside their booths. 

Finally, we have a lot of talent in our community.  Visit the open class exhibits in the Community Building and show support for the young people of the County by visiting the 4-H Building and checking out the 4-H livestock and poultry barns.   



Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Friday, May 17, 2019

Red Willow County is in a tornado WATCH until 10:00 p.m.   Tune in to your local radio, television, iPhone app or computer program for continued updates from the National Weather Service.


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Friday, May 17, 2019



From the National Weather Service in Goodland Kansas, This hazardous weather outlook is for extreme southwest Nebraska...
northwest Kansas and east central Colorado.

There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms today, primarily in northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska between 2 pm and 8 pm MDT.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop along the dry line in vicinity of Highway 27 around 2 to 3 pm MDT. Storms will track
rapidly northeast into southwest Nebraska late this afternoon.

Golfball to baseball size hail and damaging wind gusts up to 75 mph will be the primary severe weather hazards. An isolated tornado will
be possible late this afternoon and evening, primarily east of Highway 25 and north of Highway 24 after 6 pm MDT.

Additionally, south to southwest winds will increase to 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph this afternoon and early this evening. Blowing
dust and reduced visibilities will be possible.

Near critical fire weather conditions are expected in eastern
Colorado this afternoon.

Stay tuned in to your local weather stations, radio, television, and smart phones to keep up with the updated weather forecasts as the day continues. 


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

On Friday early afternoon and into the evening, The National Weather Service says we have an above average of Severe weather that may quickly begin in the early afternoon. The risk for tornadoes will be highest before storms begin merging together. Average storm motion will be 50 MPH, which should aid in limiting the potential for flooding. However once storms begin to track over the same location or cluster together, flooding will become more of a concern. Clustering storms will be more likely to happen in the evening.


As Friday draws nearer, confidence continues to increase that this will be the first significant severe weather day of Spring for the Tri-State Area. While confidence in severe weather occurring is moderate, confidence in storm coverage is on the low side.

Even though storm coverage could be low, the storms that do form could be dangerous. The areal extent of the severe weather may expand to the west in the coming days. Those with graduations or other outdoor activities Friday need to stay aware of the weather for this day and be prepared for severe weather.


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Well, here it is coming right at us.  The time is 10:36 a.m. on 04/10/2019 and I just finished reviewing the updates from the National Weather service out of Goodland, Kansas.  We could be in for quite a storm here tonight and tomorrow, Thursday.  Be prepared and use extreme caution during the evening hours tonight and into the daytime hours Thursday.  Do not take this storm lightly.  I have been advised this is a powerful winter storm that will be travelling from northwest to southeast. 

Wednesday day:  Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 pm.  Temperature falling to around 44 by 5 pm.  Breezy, with a northeast wind 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour. Expect travel to become difficult if not impossible.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday night:  Rain showers before 11 pm, then Snow showers, possibly mixed with rain, becoming all snow after 1 am.  This snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible.  Widespread blowing snow, mainly after 4 am. Low around 29. Very windy, with a north wind 30 - 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. 2 to 4 inches of new snow expected.

Thursday day: Snow showers likely before 1 pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Widespread blowing snow, mainly before 7 am.  Cloudy, with a high near 36. Very windy, with a northwest wind 35 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. 1 to 3 inches of new snow possible.

Thursday night:  A 20% chance of showers before 1 am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.  Windy.

Friday day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23

So to recap:

Rain changes to snow, with potential for near blizzard conditions Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Right now forecast has gusts as high as 60 mph. However, there is potential for these gusts to reach 75 mph.

Snowfall amounts have increased across the entire area. Because snow expected across the entire area, the Winter Storm Watch has been expanded to the entire area. Wind gusts up to 65 MPH, possibly up to 75 mph, near blizzard conditions, snowfall up to 9", up to .1" of ice accumulating.

 Areas Impacted: 

Entire Tri-State Area at risk for these very high wind gusts. Near blizzard potential and heavy snow most likely across much of the area. 2 to 9 inches north of I-70 and up to 3 inches south of I-70.

Timing & Duration: Please see Timing page.


 Impacts : Little to no visibility Wednesday night and Thursday morning making travel hazardous to dangerous. Some roads may become impassable. Power outages may occur.


Certainty & Considerations: High confidence in wind gust potential for entire area. Moderate to high confidence for blizzard conditions. Low confidence in freezing rain developing.


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019  to Friday, March 29, 2019 is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week. There will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. CDT/9 a.m. MDT.  The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning at that time.  McCook and Red Willow County will activate the outdoor sirens at this time.  THIS IS ONLY A DRILL.


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

This is from the National Weather Service, Goodland Kansas

 Red Willow County is in a FLOOD WATCH, HIGH WIND WARNING AND A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Wednesday through Thursday.  Please call the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office at 308-345-1850 if you observe flooding, especially flooding over roadways.  Do not drive through flooded roadways as you do not know if the road is still there under the water. 

  We are expecting hind gusts up to 60 to 70 miles per hour in this area along with the threat of isolated thunderstorms this afternoon into tonight along a line east of Gove, Ks to McCook, Ne.  Large hail is the main threat of this thunderstorm. 

Expect blowing and drifting snow on roadways with reduced visibility for travelers, possible downed power lines and tree limbs.  Impacts to high profile vehicles on east/west oriented roadways.



Certainty & Considerations





: Moderate to High for all areas. Least confident in flooding and the most confident in the very strong winds.



National Weather Service


Goodland, Kansas


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