Winter storm brewing

Sunday Dec. 24

A white (and icy) Christmas is growing increasingly likely for the OPPD service territory. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley is predicting travel impacts tonight through Christmas Day due to a large winter storm poised to hit much of the region.

The low-pressure system is pushing northeast from Oklahoma and could drop a couple inches of snow on the Omaha area. Much higher amounts are predicted to the north, including double-digit totals for northeast part of the state. The rainfall of Christmas Eve could switch over to ice for a brief time Christmas morning before turning into heavy, wet snow.

Wind gusts could be up to 25 mph which could make for low visibility travel at times. Traveling is not advised as road conditions could become dangerous, according to NWS forecasters. While outages are possible anytime there are snow storms, galloping lines – one of the biggest causes of winter storm outages – are are not expected due to the low amounts of ice predicted with the 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.