Arctic cold conditions remain through Sunday morning

Saturday, Jan. 1, 6:45 p.m.

Snow has ended but bitter cold will remain through Sunday morning with some areas experiencing wind chills as low as -30 degrees. With such arctic conditions travel is still hazardous. A warmup is coming later on Sunday into Monday with temps of mid-30s to mid-40s possible in the area.

3:30 p.m

The outage impacting the Valley area has been resolved.

The winter storm has hampered restoration efforts as the winter storm continues across the area, The impacted circuit has been tied to a nearby circuit and further repairs will be made by additional crews.

1:15 p.m.:

An outage has occurred in the Valley area Saturday afternoon impacting 923 customers. Troubleshooters are en route to investigate the cause of the outage, though heavy snow and strong winds are happening throughout the service territory at this time.

 

Noon

Snow has begun falling in the Omaha area as brutal wind chills have settled in causing dangerous conditions outside. A winter storm warning is in effect until midnight and a wind chill advisory through Sunday is in effect. Wind chills are at -19 and snow will continue to pick up this afternoon.

Omaha’s snow fall totals are still in the 3 to 6 inch range, with heavier totals expected south of Interstate 80. Blowing snow will make for dangerous travel conditions today and tonight.

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Friday, Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m.

A winter storm is expected to hit the OPPD service territory early Friday morning. Dangerous wind chills will settle into the area tonight, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley. Snowfall totals were increased slightly for the area with the heaviest snowfall amounts expected along and south of Interstate 80.

The Omaha area is still expected to get between 4 and 6 inches though the probability is increasing for it to be closer to the higher amount. There is a slight chance Omaha could see more than 6 inches, according to the NWS. The storm will begin in the Omaha area about 5 a.m., with the peak snowfall time being between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The OPPD service territory is in a winter storm warning as well as a wind chill advisory through Sunday. Wind chills for the area could get as low as -20 degrees.

The NWS is still calling for the snow to be of the light and fluffy variety, which is good news for the lower power outage potential, but will make for dangerous travel conditions. With blowing and drifting snow, visibility could be zero at times and make for blizzard conditions. The snow is expected to end Saturday evening.

Thursday, Dec. 30, 3 p.m.

The New Year will bring in a new round of wintry weather, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Friday night (New Year’s Eve) is expected to see the start of a winter storm that will impact much of the region lasting into Saturday.

Along with the snow – between 4 and 6 inches in the Omaha area – arctic cold wind chills will also be in the mix. Wind chills could be as cold as -25 with this system, especially Sunday, when the wind and snow will mean temperatures below zero.

One good thing is that the snow will be light and fluffy and should not cause power outages, though travel could be hazardous. The snow will range from northern to southern Nebraska with the highest amounts expected to be along the southern border of Nebraska – up to 8 inches.

About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.