A large snow storm rolling out of the southern Rocky Mountains is more likely to do heavy damage in Kansas and Oklahoma than Nebraska and Iowa.
Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said Sunday that the storm will probably leave 2 to 3 inches of snow in Grand Island, Omaha and Des Moines. He said the storm is likely to leave between 9 to 12 inches in the Kansas cities of Dodge, Wichita and Topeka.
“At this point, it looks like the storm will be too far south to give us a true snow storm,” Kines said. “The further north you go will produce a sharp cutoff with most of Nebraska and Iowa getting very little, maybe 3 inches of snow at most.”
Kines predicted light snow will begin to fall Monday and continue through Monday night and into Tuesday. High temperatures for the Omaha metropolitan area will be in the lower 30s and Wednesday should be generally dry, he said.
“Once this system passes through, there should be several days of quiet weather.”
That prediction is more than fine for city and state employees who have been working since Thursday to clear up an average of 8 inches of snow across the Omaha metropolitan area. Lincoln, according to the National Weather Service, received about 5 inches of snow while Grand Island had 10 and North Platte reported about 7.
A check of a map on the Nebraska Department of Roads found no road closures due to ice or snow Sunday. Highway cameras from around the state universally revealed roads clear of snow and traffic flowing freely.
Scott McIntyre, who heads Omaha’s snow removal operation, said crews were on 24-hour shifts through noon on Saturday. About 30 public works staff members began pre-treating the streets for the next snow event Sunday at 6 p.m.
“We will probably go back to the 24-hour shifts for three days until this next threat comes through,” McIntyre said. “I think things went real well for this last storm but there’s always a street that gets missed or a few residents that would like things done a little differently.”
McIntyre said he’s aware of some cars being ticketed by police for not complying with parking guidelines after the city declared a snow emergency, but he didn’t have an exact number.
“A lot of people are making the effort to comply with the plan and that’s good,” he said. “It may take several more of these events before everyone is in compliance.”
Aida Amoura, a spokeswoman for the Omaha mayor’s office, said a snow emergency declaration is not expected to be made for the coming snowfall. Feedback from the public over snow removal has been overwhelmingly positive.
The snow removal hotline at 402-444-4919, Amoura said, has had more compliments that complaints.
“People seem to be catching on with the snow emergency rules,” she said. “We’re getting the word out and that’s really been a case of the community working together.”
Contact the writer: