Power outages

9:30 p.m., Jan. 18 – Our crew found a tree limb that had fallen on a 3-phase wire at 20th  & Lincoln St., causing the power outage in Washington County. Power was restored at 9:18 p.m., after the tree limb was safely removed.

9 p.m.– Troubleshooters are investigating power outages in Washington County impacting 1,416 customers. They began with a circuit lockout at 8:35 p.m. Those impacted are betweeen Nebraska St. to the north and County Rd. 39 to  the south, between 23rd St. and U.S. Hwy 75. We do not yet have a cause or estimated restoration time; however, we will report more information here as we learn it from our crews.

6 p.m.– By trimming additional tree branches, our crews were able to fully restore power in Sarpy County at 5:44 p.m. We do not anticipate additional problems for these impacted customers.

5:30 p.m., Jan. 18 – Our crew found a tree-related issue, which caused the power outage in Sarpy County. They mananged to bring power back on briefly at 5:22 p.m.; however, the circuit locked out again. They continue to work to make repairs to restore power for good. Right now, they’re hoping to accomplish that by 7:30 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems.

4:07 p.m. – OPPD troubleshooters are patrolling a circuit that locked out at 4:01 p.m., looking for the cause of an outage impacting more than 300 customers in Sarpy County. The circuit tripped a couple of times shortly before this outage, where power was lost for just a couple of minutes at a time.

Those impacted are between the intersection of 2nd St. and Hwy 6 to the north and Mill Rd. to the south, between 310th Rd. and Hwy 63.

We are hoping to have power restored within the next couple of hours, but we will know more once our troubleshooters have a better idea of the problem. We will post updates as we learn more.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

The National Weather Service (NWS) has upped the amount of snow the Omaha area could see today and has pushed the storm’s arrival back a few hours. At the high end, Omaha could see up to 9 inches of snow. The snow is now expected to start falling this afternoon rather than this morning.

Travel is still expected to be hazardous this afternoon, though there should be less of it as many school districts and businesses across the metro area have closed for the day. The NWS predicts it will be a heavy, wet snow, without much blowing or drifting, and that the potential for power outages remains low. However, whenever there are storms there is the potential for outages.

If you experience an outage, please be sure to report it online, via the OPPDConnect app, or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773) so we are aware of it and can respond. In addition, if your contact information has changed since you last let us know, please be sure to update it here. That way we can reach you to provide information and updates, if needed.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Forecasters with the National Weather Service (NWS) are predicting a winter storm to hit the OPPD service territory tomorrow dropping heavy, wet snow on the area and making travel conditions rough.

Snow could start as early as 6 a.m., or hold off until 7 or 8 a.m., and then switch to a wintry mix. By the afternoon commute it will switch back to snow and the Omaha area is expected to see about 5 inches of snow, though up to 7 inches is possible.

Wind gusts and ice are not expected to be an issue and power outages are not as likely with this storm, though anytime bad weather hits there is the potential for outages.

Portions of northeast Nebraska could see a foot or more of snow with this storm.

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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.