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6 First Alert Day: Storm moves into Omaha-metro with cold drizzle, slush ahead of snow

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 4:28 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 6:27 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - 6 News and 6 First Alert Weather Team has been tracking weather conditions and traffic trouble spots as the winter storm rolled into the Omaha-metro Friday evening.

10PM UPDATES

As the 6 News crew wraps up on tracking the weather for tonight, there was a semi dangling from an overpass in I-80 WB in Iowa.

This is a reminder to give semis space and they slide like everyone else.

A trooper tweeted a little after 8:30 p.m. of a jackknifed semi and gave an update about lanes being open again a little after 9 p.m.

6:30PM UPDATES

Snow in the Benson area was a little deceiving, looking worse than what it is but there’s enough for a snowball. Remember to take it as slow as you can as the snow falls and gets heavier through the night.

Nebraska State Patrol was advising drivers to use extreme caution as travel conditions were expected to worsen.

5PM UPDATES

As thicker, slushy, snow starts to fall near 116th & West Dodge Road, traffic is starting to slow down due to low visibility. Indicating the snow is falling a lot heavier and a lot more consistently in the area.

Starting to see some slow down, no major accidents or crashes, and road conditions going downhill. Not reporting too many snow-covered roads in the heart of the Omaha metro. Expect the conditions to get even slicker as the sunsets.

4PM UPDATES

Some accumulation was happening in west Omaha just after 4 p.m. Friday, slowing traffic there.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday. Rain and wintry mix was expected to turn to snow by Friday evening. Snow accumulations of 1-4 inches and wind gusts as high as 45 mph are expected in eastern Nebraska with 3 to 5 inches are expected in western Iowa.

Drivers are cautioned to expect slippery road conditions Friday afternoon with patchy blowing snow that could significantly reduce visibility as the storm moves in. Hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute, according to weather service advisories.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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