Winter weather advisory

3:45 p.m. – Wed., Feb. 6

The National Weather Service updated its forecast for the next couple of days. Freezing drizzle is still expected to be a problem tonight in areas, but less than originally forecast.

We could see up to .10″ of ice accumulation in southeast Nebraska, south of Nebraska City, with lower amounts moving northward. Ice is not expected to be a big issue in the Omaha area.

Blowing snow on Thursday will likely create problems, especially for drivers. Some pockets of north central and northeast Nebraska could get up to four inches. Tekamah could see up to three inches, with lesser amounts to the south. Omaha and Nebraska City could see up to two inches of snow.

Extreme cold will remain a problem through Friday morning. Please keep these cold weather safety tips in mind. And be sure and report any power outages online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).

12:30 p.m. – Wed., Feb. 6

Our service territory is under a winter weather advisory through noon Thursday, with bitterly cold temperatures, snow and ice making their way back into our service territory.

The National Weather Service reports that freezing drizzle and sleet are expected to change over to snow across northeast Nebraska this afternoon and other areas by tonight or early Thursday.  We could see up to .15″ of ice accumulation by this evening in the southeast and east central portions of the state.

Up to three inches of snow could fall in eastern Nebraska. Forecasters expect an inch or so of accumulation in the Omaha metro, with a bit more to the north and less to the south.

The ice and snow could make for slippery travel conditions. Vehicle crashes into utility poles are possible, leading to power outages.  If you lose power, please notify OPPD by reporting it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773). Our crews will be ready to respond.

Forecasters also warn of extremely cold wind chills. Temperatures could dip to 20 or 30 below zero over the next couple of mornings. If you must be outside, please keep in mind these cold weather safety tips.

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.