Weather conditions improve but still snow flurries in the Omaha-metro

Friday bus services canceled in Omaha; trash collection halted in Omaha, Council Bluffs
Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 6:27 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2021 at 11:06 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Get the latest weather and traffic updates as Friday’s winter storm makes its way through the area.

8:30 PM - Conditions in the city have greatly improved. The Nebraska State Patrol reported that between Midnight and 8 p.m., troopers responded to more than 170 weather-related incidents. They included more than 30 crashes, nearly 125 motorist assists, and assistance with other agencies at more than 20 scenes. A vast majority of the incidents were in the Lincoln and Omaha areas.

6:30 PM - The National Weather System reports blowing snow throughout the night and the Nebraska State Patrol reports to still be cautious on the road.

4:30 PM - Reporting live from 29th and West Broadway in Council Bluffs.

3 PM - Blizzard warning for the Omaha-metro area is canceled. [DETAILS]

12:10 PM - Iowa State Patrol reports traffic stats from the previous 24 hours.

12:03 PM - In Omaha, Metro Transit Authority said all services, including MOBY paratransit, bus, and ORBT, will remain suspended for the rest of the day Friday. Officials are tentatively planning to resume bus and ORBT services as normal Saturday, but some buses may operate on snow routes. MOBY services may be delayed, officials said.

Meanwhile, a jack-knifed semi was blocking the right lane of eastbound I-80 near Highway 6 and Hubbard Road in Council Bluffs.

Jack-knifed semi blocking area of I-80 & Hwy 6 in Council Bluffs
Jack-knifed semi blocking area of I-80 & Hwy 6 in Council Bluffs(PHOTO: Clay Ostarly WOWT)

10:17 AM - A Bellevue snowplow was involved in a crash on 36th Street just south of Highway 370.

10:16 AM - Reports of a person pinned at 25th Street and Highway 370; and the left lane of eastbound I-80 blocked at 72nd Street.

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9:25 AM - 1,138 OPPD customers are without power, 774 in Douglas County.

9:02 AM - Ralston trash collection is also delayed.

8:54 AM - IDOT was advising no travel across swaths of Interstates 29, 80, 480, and 680 and some main highways. Travel was discouraged specifically on I-29 near Crescent at Old Mormon Bridge Road; and on I-80 to Highway 6, noting blowing snow had partially covered the road. Blowing snow was partially covering the roadway from I-29 near Neola to I-80 near Minden. A crash is blocking the eastbound lanes of I-80 between Exits 46-51 near Walnut. Westbound Highway 30 between County Road S14 to 580th Avenue was reopened.

8:40 AM - Omaha Metro Transit said buses and ORBT start times initially delayed until 9 a.m. will now be delayed until noon.

Capt. Matt Sutter, Nebraska State Patrol Troop A Commander, told 6 News early Friday that wind and blowing snow was making travel treacherous and advised people to stay home if at all possible.

“Avoid travel at all costs,” he said.

La Vista Police Sgt. Brian Stolley also warned about dangerous travel conditions.

“Wind and blowing snow can make road conditions rapidly change,” he said.

NSP was also urging caution on the interstates, noting that Interstate 80 was mostly covered and the blowing snow was making travel conditions hazardous.

8:19 AM - A semi is blocking all southbound lanes of 72nd Street at Q Street.

7:45 AM - Snow reports are coming in from a few spots. 1.5″ was measured in Valley, NE. 1.2″ was measured at the airport in both Omaha & Lincoln.

7:40 AM - Another crash reported on I-80 at 60th Street. Injury crash reported at the Lake Manawa exit at I-29/80 in Council Bluffs.

7:17 AM - Papillion Police on accident alert.

6:57 AM - Eppley Airfield reports 60mph wind gusts.

6:50 AM - Both entrance ramps from Highway 50 to eastbound I-80 are closed. There is also a two-vehicle crash reported at 150th Street and Highway 370.

6:49 AM - Access to eastbound I-80 at Giles Road was blocked by police as they work to clear a 6:14 a.m. crash that left a jack-knifed semi blocking the left lane.

6:40 AM - Traffic incident partially blocking the left lane of westbound I-80 at 84th Street.

6:32 AM - Eppley Airfield reports no delays or issues with flights so far.

6:29 AM - Injuries reported at a two-vehicle crash at Blair High Road and 103rd Street.

6:21 AM - Council Bluffs halted Friday trash collection. Collection will resume Saturday, according to a news release from the city. Those with questions can contact the Council Bluffs Recycling Center at 712-890-5454

6:20 AM - Blowing snow prompted reports of whiteout conditions about 6:20 a.m. in the Omaha-metro area. Several schools and businesses reported closings Thursday night and early Friday. Residents in Omaha and Sarpy County reported blowing trash as bins were set out for the morning pick-up.

6:11 AM - La Vista Police on accident alert.

5:51 AM - Omaha halted trash collection for those who have not yet had pick-ups this week. Collections will be delayed by one for the rest of the week, according to a release from the city. Missed collections can be reported after 7 p.m. on the collection day by calling the Solid Waste Hotline 402-444-5238.

5:36 AM - Crashes reported on westbound I-80 at 72nd Street and 15th St - 120th and Hwy 370 (vehicle in the ditch). - 15th and Cornhusker.

5:08 AM - Crash has lanes blocked at 96th and Harrison streets. Crashes were also reported on eastbound I-80 at 60th Street and northbound Highway 75 at Lake Street.

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