Friday, Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m.
Rain has transitioned into snow in much of the OPPD service territory. National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley is still calling for 2 to 4 inches around the area with wind gusts picking up into this evening.
With blowing snow and slick roads, travel could become hazardous. Outages are also possible tonight with the combination of wind, ice and blowing snow.
Snow is expected to begin this afternoon in the OPPD service territory but snow totals might be less than originally predicted. Before the snowfall, freezing drizzle and patchy rain is expected this morning into early afternoon.
The area is now expected to get between 2-4 inches of snow, most of it falling tonight and into Saturday morning. Travel conditions could be hazardous with the mix of slick roads and blowing snow.
Whenever there is heavy wet snow, like the kind expected for our area, and wind gusts there is the chance for power outages.
Thursday, Jan. 13
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley is predicting a snowstorm for the OPPD service territory Friday. A wintry mix that could include freezing rain before turning over to snow. The Omaha area could get between 2 and 6 inches of snow, though the NWS is predicting it will be on the lower end.
Higher snow amounts are expected in western Iowa and the evening commute could be a rough one around the region with blowing snow on top of slick roads. The moisture is expected to begin between 9 a.m. and noon before switching over to light snow in the early afternoon. Snow will pick up in the late afternoon and early evening as will the wind. Gusts of up to 35 mph are expected.
This snowfall will be of the heavier, wetter variety which could contribute to power outages, especially if power lines become coated with ice. The storm is expected to end late Friday night or early Saturday morning.