Zoom out, and it's no Snowstorm Q.

But zoom in, and a storm rolling slowly through the Rockies on Saturday has the possibility to drop as much snow as Q left in Lincoln on Thursday and Friday. Forecasts range from 3 inches to half a foot.

This low pressure system likely will linger longer than Q, arriving Sunday night and leaving its boots at our doors until early Tuesday, forecasters say. The chances of another dry slot -- that waft of dry air that kept the worst of Q out of Lincoln -- appear highly unlikely.

Nebraska towns south of Lincoln could see 4 to 7 inches, with 1 to 3 inches falling to the north, said Van DeWald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley. 

Then there's Kansas, already buried in parts by 12, 14, even 18 inches of snow from Q.

"Somebody's probably going to get another foot of snow out of this down there," DeWald said Saturday.

Undoubtedly, students in the Lincoln area would welcome a second blast of winter. However uncertain at this point, a snow day Monday would equate to an earlier, less sultry Spring Break -- five days off in a row for Lincoln Public Schools and other area districts. It also would use up the final free snow day of the year for LPS.

Count Scott Opfer among those hoping it's all just talk. He's the city's traffic and street manager, in charge of all those crews who worked 12-hour shifts starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"We'll have some pretty tired folks come Sunday night," he said.

Those crews started their second day of residential road clearing Saturday morning, and planned to wrap up later in the day -- then get some much-needed sleep. The city's residential parking ban on odd-numbered sides of streets was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

LPS officials have been eyeing this next system since before the previous storm even started, district spokeswoman Mary Kay Roth said. But forecasts have been tentative, and still are.

"If we can, we try to make the call at night," Roth said. "We take snow day calls so incredibly seriously.

"We always want those kids to be at school."

The district's poverty rate is 43 percent, she said. That means children without mittens and boots, relying on school for breakfast and lunch, or stuck at home alone on snow days when parents can't find or afford alternate child care.

But safety is essential, Roth added. That includes 6-year-olds walking to school and 16-year-olds doing their first winter driving in 90s-model Neons as well as 2012 F-150s.

Roth added a statistic she heard recently from an LPS administrator: "On a school day, there are more than 20,000 more vehicles on the road."

The district is reacting to backlash from the two snow days last week, but also looking ahead at what could be a third.

"I think we'll know more tomorrow," Roth said. "It also depends when it arrives."

If a snow day is called, it would be the fifth of the school year. Any more beyond that and LPS likely would have to add days to the calendar or minutes to the day, Roth said. But, "We're not talking about that yet."

As for plowing, the city of Lincoln is still within its budget. Each season, it plans for two major snow events, storms that require residential streets to be cleared. Last week's was the third, but the lack of little storms in between has lessened the load.

"We still have just under a month of winter left," Opfer said. "(The budget will) be stressed a little bit, but we're still within budget at least right now."

Reach Zach Pluhacek at 302-473-7234 or zpluhacek@journalstar.com.