The storm that blew through eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa Sunday morning left 2 to 3 inches of snow, made a mess of streets and may have contributed to a fatal crash west of Lincoln.
Sunday’s weather was a foretaste what could happen Monday, when more snow and the possibility of freezing drizzle are in the forecast.
Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley, said a winter weather advisory will remain in effect through Monday night, given the potential for ice and a couple of inches of snow. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will make travel difficult. Expect slippery roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.
“The good news is that the freezing drizzle has ended and it will be dry overnight,” Kern said Sunday afternoon. “We could see some precipitation returning in the form of snow between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Monday.”
“The precipitation might make more of an impact during the evening rush (hour),” Kern said. “Wherever roads are not treated, you can expect they will be slick.”
Sunday’s snow may have contributed to a fatal crash about 8 a.m. near Milford, Nebraska. A 71-year-old Nebraska man died from his crash injuries.
The wreck closed a six-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes on Interstate 80 during the investigation. The lanes reopened at 10 a.m., according to a dispatcher with the Nebraska State Patrol.
Another closure of I-80 occurred in the Omaha metro area Sunday morning. Westbound I-80 at Highway 370 was closed for about two hours after a semitrailer truck crashed. No serious injuries were reported.
Omaha police suspended taking crash reports Sunday.
City plows were out working to clear streets since shortly after midnight Saturday, Austin Rowser, Omaha’s street maintenance engineer, said Sunday morning. Private contractors were set to begin work at noon.
“We’ve haven’t seen any major problems so far,” Rowser said.
Twenty crews began applying granular salt with brine after midnight Saturday to arterial streets in Lincoln, a spokeswoman for the city said Sunday, and would continue to do so until precipitation moved out of the area. Streets were wet to partially snow-covered with winter driving conditions, she said.
While some freezing rain is forecast Monday, mostly snow is expected, according to the weather service. Another 1 to 3 inches is possible.