Omaha residents woke up to a sheet of ice covering streets and roads this morning. Director of Public Works Bob Stubbe says they rely on the forecast to schedule snow plows and the application of sand, salt and brine. Monday evening that forecast called for about one-quarter inch of dry snow and Stubbe scheduled trucks to be out early Tuesday morning. He says around 10 pm Monday the forecast changed and he had trucks out by midnight.
Stubbe says the biggest problem crews faced had to keep treating the same areas due to refreeze. He says they concentrate on major and secondary streets and it is not likely residential areas will be treated today.
There were so many accidents Tuesday morning that Omaha police went on accident alert and only responded to injury crashes or where streets were blocked.
Police closed Vinton Street between 32nd and 40th due to the number of vehicles stranded in that stretch due to icy conditions.
I-80 eastbound was closed to traffic at 1 am Tuesday due to a jackknifed semi at 126th and Giles. That accident happened in a construction zone and police had to wait for a roads supervisor to approve moving the barriers to get the semi out.