Omaha snow plow crews work non-stop until Thursday

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Several inches of snowfall around the subway on Tuesday created difficult travel conditions and caused the city to suspend bus traffic until road conditions improve as snow crews move into the neighborhood.

The city crews had been treating and clearing important roads since Monday in order to be one step ahead of the snowfall on Tuesday. But until well into the evening there was still a lot of snow to clear in the districts and even on the main roads.

Omaha’s city engineer said the road crews would keep working the roads non-stop overnight, moving the snow plow drivers to 12-hour shifts until Thursday.

The residential streets were so bad that on Tuesday night some firefighters near the 60th and Ames struggled to get to a house fire that saw 12 people trying to figure out where they would spend the night. Firefighters have not found out what caused the fire in a house on Browne Street.

Neighbors in the area reported 6 news that the incline on this street had been a problem for drivers all Tuesday.

“The streets are not really clear. The people driving down here almost hit the light pole. I mean, it’s not a really good scene right now and with the fire there is water on the streets and it will be nothing but ice in the morning, ”said neighbor Laquita Johnson.

Mike Pritchard, chief fire officer for the Omaha battalion, said some of his team members struggled to drive through snow-covered hills even with their tires chained.

“Our biggest problem was getting here physically through the snow,” he said. “A lot of the streets aren’t plowed, so it’s better to get the fire trucks up here and that delayed our oncoming unit. At first we had a lot of firefighters here, but then we had to wait a little longer for the others to arrive. “

Metro Transit issued a press release on Tuesday afternoon saying that all bus, ORBT and MOBY services would be suspended in the evening “due to bad weather and dangerous road conditions”. The MOBY services should end at 6 p.m. Bus and ORBT services would be consolidated at 8:30 p.m., with buses stopping service and driving back to the city garage at 10:00 p.m.

Several cities in the metropolitan area prepared for the storm and reported snow safety emergencies on Monday. More cities were on the list Tuesday morning – including Fremont, Ralston, Papillion, Eagle, as well as Council Bluffs and all of Pottawattamie County, Iowa – that crews were working to keep the main arteries passable from a few inches of predicted snowfall.

Just after 10:30 a.m., Omaha’s snowplow tracker showed that work on the city’s main roads was continuing as the FCC suspended garbage collection for the rest of the day and the landfill was also closed.

Visibility in the area was severely compromised as the worst storm hit the city.

The worst of this event is ahead of us right now, and the Omaha subway visibility is currently 1/4 mile or less. The snow is extremely heavy, the roads are getting worse, and you should probably be hanging where you are for a while. @ wowt6news #FirstAlertTraffic pic.twitter.com/zguRj7ir2w

– Clay Ostarly (@ClayOstarly) December 29, 2020

Heavy snowfall in the entire metro area. Sarpy county roads look like most of the other roads in the area. pic.twitter.com/SOFdSQdKCZ

– Rusty Lord WOWT (@RustyLord) December 29, 2020

The Omaha Public Libraries, City Parks and Recreation Department, and most of the community centers have also closed, with the exception of Common Ground in Elkhorn.

The storm also affected the Test Nebraska sites. The State Department of Health & Human Services encouraged those with scheduled tests to periodically check texts or emails for updates.

Snow continued to pile up during the lunch break.

The cleanup process is already beginning for many homeowners across the subway! @ WOWT6News pic.twitter.com/rOU35QcoGG

– Ashly Richardson (@AshlyWOWT) December 29, 2020

Here is a look at the conditions near 204th and host. pic.twitter.com/oO4JXRgFbY

– Ashly Richardson (@AshlyWOWT) December 29, 2020

HAPPEN NOW: A look at things near 102nd and Maple. pic.twitter.com/Z1ZSSQvbVJ

– Ashly Richardson (@AshlyWOWT) December 29, 2020

Most of the snow left the Omaha subway area late Tuesday afternoon.

Most of the snow has pushed east of the subway tonight, only thunderstorms and spotty drizzle are left. We will continue to dry out tonight, although the roads will remain snow-covered for some time. Sunshine returns for Wednesday! pic.twitter.com/F3M58O1Sna

– David Koeller (@dkoellerwx) December 29, 2020

At 5 p.m. NSP reported that the road surfaces had “gone from snow-covered to wet and muddy”.

The road surfaces throughout the Omaha subway area have gone from being covered in snow to being wet and slushy.

If the temperature starts to drop during rush hour, it can create very poor conditions for your evening commute.

Take it slow and get home safely. #NSPomaha pic.twitter.com/5BESdM6eqs

– NSP Capt. Sutter @ (@NSP_CaptSutter) December 29, 2020

Street crews made their way to the neighborhood on Tuesday evening.

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– Eppley Airfield (@OMAairport) December 30, 2020

Elsewhere in Nebraska

Travel on the subway and beyond was hampered for most of the morning. The Nebraska State Patrol urged extra caution on Interstate 80 – and advised people to stay home if possible.

When you don’t have to drive, just stay home. Visibility is less than a quarter of a mile and the roads are still extremely slippery and covered in snow. Visibility is getting worse, especially between Omaha and the Ashland exit on I-80. #snowpatrol pic.twitter.com/ikE2eEg8E4

– NSP LT Grummert (@NSPLtGrummert) December 29, 2020

Most of I-80 between Omaha and Lincoln is covered and traffic is slow due to snow and icy road conditions. Slow down, watch the following distance and watch out for the traffic around you. This is a view of the mm 420 Ashland exit on I-80. @NEStatePatrol pic.twitter.com/LPx1k9LdI9

– NSP LT Grummert (@NSPLtGrummert) December 29, 2020

Most of the roads are covered with snow this morning. We would only recommend a trip if it is absolutely necessary.

Snow can turn into freezing rain later in the day.

If you absolutely must travel today, be prepared for these conditions.

Dial * 55 if you need a soldier. # NSPomaha pic.twitter.com/kt57cicq3r

– NSP Capt. Sutter @ (@NSP_CaptSutter) December 29, 2020

Please slow down. The roads are smooth and covered with snow. Nebraska State Troopers provide assistance to drivers in need and monitor road conditions. A look at the Gretna Interchange mm432 I-80. @NEStatePatrol pic.twitter.com/zr8e23uyzz

– NSP LT Grummert (@NSPLtGrummert) December 29, 2020

Outside the city gates around 11 a.m., drivers were told to avoid Highway 36 near Bennington Road as the west-blocked lanes were half-closed with a jackknife and eastbound journeys were slow.

The storm affected travel across the state as it moved east overnight, closing Interstate 80 from the Wyoming state line to mile marker 107 near Big Springs and Ogallala early Tuesday, during the morning snow went on.

Mm192 between Brady and Maxwell, east of North Platte. The driver was not injured while the soldiers tended to crash.
The ????❄️ keeps falling. Increase your distance and decrease speed to improve your safety.

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– NSP-Troop D (@NSP_TroopD), December 29, 2020

Interstate 76 and Highway 30 were also closed, and all of those streets reopened around 10:45 a.m.

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