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About 2 inches of snow reported in Omaha; 4 inches in Papillion, Bellevue

January 12, 2019

UPDATE AS OF 9:15 A.M.: Snowfall accumulation of 1.5 inches reported in eastern Omaha this morning, according to the National Weather Service’s snowfall reports. Depths of 4 and 4.5 inches were reported in Papillion and Bellevue, respectively.

“In Omaha, it’s really ranged a lot across the city,” said Brian Barjenbruch, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

“It’s going to be very slow to move out, but there’s a general decreasing trend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m,” Barjenbruch​ said, but most people in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa can expect the snow to wind down between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The heavy, wet snow is perfect for building snowmen, but it’s also weighing down power lines and tree branches, Barjenbruch said. He advised shovelers to read the weather service’s information on shoveling safety.

Omaha Public works reported on its website that main street conditions are generally clear with some slick spots present, and residential streets are partially covered with snow and ice. Crews are monitoring street conditions and addressing problem areas as warranted. — Alli Davis

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Snow began falling Friday night in Omaha, with 1 to 3 inches expected to accumulate by Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s possible that Omaha could see up to 6 inches of snow by the time the system moves on, said Cathy Zapotocny, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Valley office.

The snow will be wetter than a normal January snow, Zapotocny said, which means that it could pull down some power lines.

City of Omaha trucks were out spraying brine on major streets early Friday, said Austin Rowser, the city’s street maintenance engineer.

“We thought, ‘Better safe than sorry, we’ll put some brine down,’ ” Rowser said.

Crews will plow any snow that accumulates on major and secondary roads, he said. If snowfall reaches 2 inches, contractors will plow in residential neighborhoods.

“We’ll be working through the night depending on what comes down,” Rowser said.

Snow amounts will be higher the farther south and east you go, so fans heading to Kansas City for the Chiefs’ playoff game Saturday should set aside an extra hour for the trip, said Jonathan Welsh of the weather service’s Kansas City-area office.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 6 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday. Total snow accumulations, mainly from 2 to 6 inches, are expected in the advisory area, although higher amounts are possible in spots.

Zapotocny said the wind shouldn’t be much of a factor in this storm, and temperatures are expected to remain around 30.

World-Herald staff writer Nancy Gaarder contributed to this report.

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