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.