The snowstorm of 1997 isn’t one many long time Nebraskans will forget. The snow started as rain on October 25th. That was on a Saturday. More than an inch of rain fell before it switched to snow late and by Sunday morning parts of Nebraska had received nearly 2 feet of snow. Then Omaha Mayor Hal Daub remembers he woke up to popping sounds and then saw sparks by power poles. He then saw all the snow covered tree limbs weighing down power lines. Daub then went to the front of his house and saw that a tree had snapped, landed on the porch and went through the front door.
About a foot of snow fell in the Omaha metro area with greater amounts to the south and east. The trees had not lost all of their leaves so the heavy snow kept piling on until they gave under the weight. About 150,000 people were without power for up to eleven days. The storm did about $60 million in damage to trees in Omaha alone.
Daub says residents of Omaha and outsiders pulled together to help one another. He says, “The National Guard and the Mormon Church. They responded with power saws, trucks and volunteers from all over the country. The ladies of the church made thousands of sandwiches for all the volunteers that showed up. I get a little frog in my throat remembering.”
While remembering this storm and looking ahead, there is a chance of a shower or even a snow flurry on Friday for parts of north and eastern Nebraska.