It looked more like December than May parts of Douglas County this morning after a severe storm dumped heavy rain and hail just after 3 a.m.
Scott Dergan is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service – Omaha and says golf ball sized hail covered the streets in layers making driving impossible.
Dergan says, “It looked like snow. I heard they were calling out the snow plows to clear some of it. The rain amounts in the western part of the county came in anywhere in the 3 inch to 4 inch range. The hail was a two-three mile swath and I saw drifts from six inches to two feet depending on where it settled down because of the rain.”
The snow plows were called out to clear the streets near 90th and Fort. The hail also plugged sewer drains and crews were called out to remove it so the water could drain. That caused street flooding in several areas and several cars got stuck in high water. There were a number of traffic accidents reported due to the slick streets and Omaha Police issued an accident alert status and only responded to injury accidents or those where the vehicles couldn’t be moved.