Dangerously cold temperatures

3 p.m., January 29, 2019

Windy conditions wreaked havoc with power equipment Monday morning.  If you thought it was cold then, you better bundle up. Wednesday morning, temperatures are expected to reach their coldest levels yet this winter. It’s likely that many area schools will be cancelled, as walking to school could be hazardous and school buses may have difficulty starting.

Please be sure and take extra precautions if you must be outside. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some guidelines for dressing in the extreme cold, below. You can also read more here.

WEA_Wind chill_Winter Dress-Infographic

As for Omaha Public Power District work crews, the cold means adding layers and taking frequent breaks in their heated vehicles. Their training prepares them for the difficult tasks of climbing potentially icy poles and repairing equipment while wearing thick gloves and added warm weather gear.

We understand how dangerous power outages can be in the extreme cold. OPPD crews will be on standby, ready to respond as quickly and as safely as possible in the event of power outages.

We remind customers to be sure and report outages online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773). You can check back here for restoration updates, as warranted.

Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.