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Snow slowed U.S. Postal Service carriers Thursday, especially in areas where homeowners had not cleared their walks, Omaha Postmaster Keith Reid said. Mail delayed by the storm, including parcels and packages, will go out today, Reid said.
Eppley Airfield remained open and operating throughout the storm, but there were delays and disruptions Thursday, notably canceled Chicago flights. Those connecting through Chicago to other destinations were scrambling to make connections through other cities. “Hopefully the weather will clear out of Chicago and we'll be back to normal (Friday),” said Chris Martin, director of operations at Eppley. “(It) is going to be a very busy day.”
The City of Omaha canceled garbage, yard waste and recyclable material collection Thursday. The city said Thursday's collection area will be collected Friday, and Friday's will be collected Saturday. Put out your trash by 6 a.m.
Metro transit buses ran significantly behind schedule Thursday. “We expect to be back on every route (today),” said Kelly Shadden, Metro director of operations. He cautioned that there could be delays and deviations on some routes. Check Metro's website, http://ometro.com/ or call customer service at 402-341-0800.\
— Christopher Burbach
Parking enforcement and city plows
The City of Omaha announced a snow emergency would go into effect at midnight Wednesday. Cars parked east of 72nd Street have to be moved to one side of the street or the other, depending on the date and the street.
• Odd-numbered days: Park on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses.
• Even-numbered days: Park on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses.
Already, the city had said it would ticket drivers $50 if they failed to move their cars. Now, under a measure approved by the City Council on Dec. 4, officials are stepping up their plans to tow vehicles that don't comply. If you parked on a neighborhood street and didn't move to the proper side, city crews will likely tow the car to an on-street spot nearby. But if it's left behind in a major street, the car is likely to end up in the impound lot.
In Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota, dial 511 on your cell phone for road conditions, or call:
• Nebraska, 402-471-4533
• Iowa, 800-288-1047
• South Dakota, 866-697-3511
• Wyoming, 888-996-7623
• Colorado, 303-639-1111
• Kansas, 800-585-7623
• Missouri, 800-222-6400
• Minnesota, 800-542-0220
Forecast and current conditions
For more local info and the extended forecast, visit the Omaha.com weather information page.
Going by car
Folks getting a jump on that Christmas trip to grandma's should check road conditions before hopping in the car.
Plan ahead and make sure you have motel reservations in case you can complete only part of your trip. Make sure you have an emergency kit that includes blankets and jumper cables.
Another storm is expected to hit the central United States around Christmas, so check forecasts if planning to travel then.
Travel by plane
Flight delays and cancellations are possible — likely, in fact — if the storm forecasts are on target. Check on your flight before leaving for the airport.
The storm is forecast to hit Chicago, too. Any impact on flights in and out of that city could affect travel at Omaha's Eppley Airfield, including flights that depend on a plane getting from Chicago to Omaha. So even if you are heading to a warm spot, your flight could be affected.