Snow not great for travel but perfect for play

January 13, 2019

The heavy, wet snow of this weekend’s storm caused some problems for travelers in the Omaha area and across southeastern Nebraska, but it was just right for the kids.

Snow accumulations in the Omaha metro area generally ranged from 2.5 inches to 4.5 inches, but measured as high as 6 inches in Papillion and 5 inches at Offutt Air Force Base, the National Weather Service said.

Locations farther south got even more snow — as much as 14 inches at Sterling, in southeast Nebraska’s Johnson County.

Lincoln snow totals ranged from about 4 to 6 inches.

Other Nebraska totals reported to the weather service: 13 inches northwest of Nebraska City; 10 inches at Nebraska City; 9 inches at Firth and Dunbar; 8.5 inches at Panama; 8 inches at Cortland, Villisca, Swanton, Fairbury and Palmyra; and 2 inches at the weather service office in Valley.

In the Omaha area, the snowfall began Friday evening, but the warmer ground initially melted it, weather service meteorologist David Eastlack said.

The rest of the weekend in Omaha should bring somewhat higher temperatures, with Sunday’s highs reaching the low to mid-30s and Monday’s reaching the upper 30s.

The rest of the week is expected to stay dry and sunny until Friday, which could bring more snow to Omaha and a high near 25, said meteorologist Brian Barjenbruch.

Barjenbruch said the weekend snow was perfect for building snowmen but also weighed down power lines and tree branches.

City of Omaha trucks sprayed brine on major streets Friday, said Austin Rowser, the city’s street maintenance engineer. The full crew of about 100 trucks worked all night Friday and all day Saturday on major and secondary roads.

About 175 contractors headed out Saturday to clear residential areas.

“Everything’s … gone exactly as it’s supposed to,” Rowser said.

The Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Transportation tweeted updates on road conditions throughout the day, reminding drivers to check Nebraska 511 before using the roads.

“Watch for our law enforcement partners such as @NEStatePatrol, our plows and tow truck drivers as we all work to make the roads safer. Your safety is our business!” said one Nebraska DOT tweet.

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