The morning drive to work in eastern Nebraska was slow and frustrating. Heavy snow and strong wind caused poor visibility and very slick roads. Becky Kern is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service and says this is a big storm and a winter weather advisory is in effect for the eastern parts of the state until 6 p.m.
Kern says, “This is a big system. Looking at from a satellite perspective it almost looks like the swirls of a hurricane wrapping around the mid-part of the United States. It is a big system having a big impact across the Midwest.”
Eastern Nebraska is seeing the brunt of this storm. Snowfall totals aren’t huge here but the wind caused visibility problems. I-80 in Omaha was closed during the morning commute due to slick conditions and poor visibility. Traffic was backed up for hours in the metro as people tried maneuver around spinning tires on slush covered streets. Kern says even with these problems we really lucked out compared to snowfall amounts in South Dakota and Minnesota.
Kern says another problem is the wind. There were gusts up to 55 mph this morning causing blowing snow and poor visibility. A wind advisory is in effect for parts of the entire state until 6 p.m. She says the good news is the storm is departing and the wind will subside later today into tonight.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. As we look to the weekend Kern says, “We do have a little system coming through on Saturday but that looks like it will mainly move south into Kansas and Missouri. We will have lows in the upper 20’s, which are seasonal for this time of year.” Highs will be in the 40’s and 50’s.
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