‘Interstate’s a sheet of ice’: hazardous conditions delay Friday morning commute in Omaha area

‘Interstate’s a sheet of ice’: hazardous conditions delay Friday morning commute in Omaha area
World-Herald News Service

Commuters battled slick and crowded streets and highways Friday morning as snow made driving hazardous and drivers adjusted to winter driving conditions.

Authorities responded to dozens of wrecks while travelers — more like parkers — in all parts of the metro area experienced traffic delays.

Numerous reports came in of multi-vehicle collisions and vehicles spinning out into power poles, backyards and other vehicles. Traffic was at a standstill across much of the metro area for long stretches during what was supposed to be the morning commute.

A Millard resident said it took her two hours to get to her downtown office. “I did not go over 20 mph at any point on my commute,” she said.

A commuter who lives near 180th and West Center left for downtown Omaha at 6:45 a.m. and arrived at 8:45. “Thanks, Mayor Jean!” she wrote on Facebook.

City crews started their work at 5:15 a.m. when the snowfall began, a city spokeswoman said.

Omaha City Councilman Vinny Palermo called road conditions “very bad.”

“I was out there myself, and we headed east and I didn’t want to take L (Street) because it was at a standstill,” he said. “I took a side road, and it was even worse.”

Omaha police stopped responding to property-damage wrecks at about 6 a.m.

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