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City to issue tickets to parking violators starting Saturday
As plows continue efforts to clear city streets, residents' adherence to Omaha's snow emergency parking regulations looks mixed.
Scott McIntyre, a city street maintenance engineer, said he's heard "compliance is not great," from road-clearing crews.
The city hasn't issued parking tickets to scofflaws, McIntyre said, but will begin to do so on Saturday — an odd-numbered day, meaning residents should park on the south or east sides of local streets.
Road conditions in the area also vary.
Plows had progressed through roughly a quarter of the city's residential streets by roughly 10 a.m., McIntyre said. The goal is to have residential streets plowed by midnight, but it wasn't clear Friday morning whether city crews and contractors would be able to reach that goal.
"We seem to be making good progress through the residentials," McIntyre said. "If we're not done (by midnight), we're going to be close."
Main roads were largely passable by Friday morning, and sunny conditions and traffic helped to break down packed snow.
"Hopefully the sun and conditions that are out there right now are helping and will continue to help throughout the day," McIntyre said. "I think we're going to see some very good conditions on the main streets by the p.m. rush."
As main roads "kind of clear themselves," McIntyre said, more equipment can be devoted to clearing residential areas.
"I think we'll be in pretty good shape in terms of equipment and resources for this evening and tomorrow as we pick up the piles that we have," he said.
McIntyre said it will take road crews — 100 city plows and trucks and about 100 private contractors — awhile to haul away all the snow that has been cleared or pushed to the center of thoroughfares.
However, he said, crews will be ready for the quick turnaround that might await, based on forecasts of another storm system moving in perhaps Sunday night.
“The timing is not great,” he said. “We'll have some equipment issues, but we're going to gear up and go back out.”
Road-clearing efforts, of course, are impeded by residents who illegally push snow from their sidewalks back into the street.
Hospitals see storm-related injuries
Hospitals in Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs reported several storm-related injuries.
St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center reported a heart attack victim, but otherwise injuries were generally limited to falls and minor cuts from snowblowers.
By Friday evening, Alegent Creighton Health had seen 28 weather-related injuries its six Omaha-area emergency departments. They range from motor vehicle accidents and slips and falls to sledding and snowblower accidents.
Here's a rundown of conditions throughout the area:
• Omaha Police Department announced at 10:45 a.m. that officers again are responding to non-injury accidents.
• Interstate 80 in Omaha: plowed, but slick in places.
• I-80 from Omaha to western Nebraska: Clear, but care advised through stretches of central Nebraska.
• U.S. Highway 281 from Grand Island to Hastings is plowed.
• More on road conditions: Nebraska / Iowa
• Omaha crews completed 25 percent of their Thursday routes. Today, they will try to pick up garbage on missed routes, then return Saturday to collect Friday trash. Residents are advised to keep waste and recyclables at the cub and to clear snow from the area.
• Trash collection in the Bluffs was delayed on Thursday and remains behind schedule. Crews will pick up waste on Saturday.
• Eppley reports departing flights have been canceled to Chicago and Atlanta. New departure and arrival times have been announced for several morning flights. For more Eppley flight information, click here.
• Highs in the metro in the mid 20s; low of 5 to 10 degrees.
• Weekend: Omaha has 60-75 percent chance of more snow Sunday into Monday. Highs near 30.
• More forecast coverage: Check current conditions
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World-Herald staff writers Joe Dejka, Robby Korth, Emerson Clarridge and the World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.
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