Storm system leaves a dusting of snow

Storm system leaves a dusting of snow
Between US 136; Central Avenue (Auburn) and NE 128 (4 miles south of Nebraska City). The roadway is completely covered with snow. (Courtesy: Nebraska Department of Roads)

Snow that blanketed east-central and northeast Nebraska, and western Iowa early Wednesday left a dusting of snow in southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

The snow was expected to decrease by mid- to late morning, forecasters said.

According to the National Weather Service office in Valley, the region will see less than an inch of snow.

Main roadways in Nebraska City were slightly covered. Neighborhood side streets were snow-covered and slick, but passable.

The Nebraska Department of Roads said this morning most roads across the state north of Interstate 80, including the Omaha area, were partially covered to completely covered. Roadways in Otoe, Cass and Nemaha Counties were partially covered.

In Iowa, the situation was similar, with the Department of Roads reporting that most roadways across the state north of I-80 also were partially to completely covered. In southwest Iowa, road officials were reporting partially snow-covered roads, including I-29.

“We’ve had multiple accidents, but all of them have been property damage or just slide-offs,’’ said an Iowa State Patrol 911 dispatcher for southwest Iowa.

Driving conditions in northwest Missouri were normal.

Some smaller school districts in rural areas of northeast and east-central Nebraska, and western Iowa delayed starting classes or canceled them altogether today due to the heavy snow.

Across the state, the Norfolk area had received 2 to 4 inches by early today and Little Sioux, Iowa, had 4-plus inches.

The Nation Weather Service office in Valley said a winter weather advisory was in effect until noon today for a swath of north-central, northeast and parts of eastern Nebraska, and western Iowa. Included in the advisory were Omaha, Council Bluffs, Columbus, Tekamah, Norfolk, Atlantic and Denison.

There were no cancellations or delays for arrivals or departures at Eppley Airfield. Eppley officials recommended that travelers monitor the weather. They also urged travelers to check airlines’ websites or contact their airlines for information on the status of their flights. Contact information for the airlines can be found at flyOMA.com.

Meanwhile, some of the coldest weather in a month is forecast to follow in the wake of the overnight snow.

After a daytime high of about 20 degrees, Wednesday night’s low is forecast to drop into the single digits, according to the National Weather Service.

The last time the region had a single-digit temperature was early on the morning of Jan. 8, when the temperature bottomed out at 4 degrees, according to weather service records.

Temperatures are forecast to rebound quickly, though.

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The World-Herald News Service contributed to this story.

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