Snow could make Friday commute messy; classes for most Omaha school districts canceled

January 18, 2019

It might be smart to leave work early Friday, meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny said, in an effort to miss the worst of the snowfall that will hit the Omaha area.

Zapotocny, who works out of the Valley office of the National Weather Service, said snow is expected to start falling about noon in the Omaha and Lincoln areas. But the biggest impact, she said, will come during the afternoon and evening hours, affecting the afternoon commute.

The total snow accumulation by Saturday is expected to be in the range of 2 to 5 inches, she said.

All metro-area public school districts and Archdiocese of Omaha schools canceled classes and activities for Friday.

St. Mary’s, St. Matthew and Cornerstone Christian, all of Bellevue; Sarpy County Head Start; and Marian High School will also be closed.

For the most up-to-date list of closures and cancellations, visit Omaha.com/weather.

Freezing drizzle may precede the snow, with a light glaze possible Friday morning along and south of a line from Albion to Omaha, the weather service said.

“People will want to be alert to that,” Zapotocny said, adding that drivers should check road conditions in the morning before heading to work or school.

Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are expected to lead to blowing snow and reduced visibility Friday evening.

“It will be breezy to begin with Friday but then turn around to the north and become even stronger Friday night,” she said.

The winds should die down in the Omaha area by about noon Saturday, she said.

Forecasters expect wind chills Friday night into Saturday to be 5 to 15 degrees below zero, with the same range on Sunday, Zapotocny said.

Highs Friday in the Omaha area are expected to be in the mid- to upper 20s, with readings falling into the low 20s by late afternoon.

Overnight lows Friday and Saturday are expected to be in the single digits, with highs Saturday and Sunday in the midteens.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect in the area from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Drivers should expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

World-Herald staff writer Emily Nitcher contributed to this report.

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