Photos: Snow around the metro area
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UPDATE (6:30 a.m.):
FORECAST: Wind-chill advisory in effect until noon Monday, with northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts up to 25 mph. High of 13 on Monday and a low around 5 degrees tonight. Tuesday, mostly sunny with a high temperature in the upper 20s and a low Tuesday night around 9 degrees. A a 20 percent chance of snow Tuesday night.
TEMPS, WIND CHILLS: By 6:30 a.m. Monday, the temperature in downtown Omaha had dipped to 1 degree. Eppley Airfield reported a temp of 2 degrees, with Lincoln reporting minus-4 degrees. Both cities reported wind chills of minus-16 degrees. Becky Kern of the National Weather Service Office in Valley, Neb., said Fremont and Norfolk reported wind chills early Monday of minus-20 degrees. She said most locations in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa reported temps in the single digits just above and just below zero.
OMAHA ROADS: Omaha-area roads mostly clear Monday morning — plowed and salted. However, numerous slick spots remain on some main roads and in many residential areas. City and private plows were clearing roadways and parking lots early Monday. City officials urged morning commuters to take it easy, which means slow going.
NEBRASKA, IOWA ROADS: Numerous accidents were reported because of the slick driving conditions Sunday, and sections of some major highways in Iowa and Nebraska had to be closed for periods while accidents were cleared. Few serious injuries were reported. A section of Interstate 80 in Des Moines was closed for more than an hour Sunday morning because of a 20-car pileup. Southbound Interstate 29 also closed in Sioux City for a time around midday Sunday because an accident was blocking the lanes. Near northwest Lincoln, officials had to close a three-mile section of I-80 on Sunday morning because of multiple accidents. The interstate there reopened shortly before 1 p.m.
SNOW: The mostly light snow began falling in Nebraska and western Iowa late Saturday and continued through Sunday night. Most areas including Omaha received 2 to 4 inches of snow, but around Lincoln and Seward nearly 6 inches of snow fell.
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Melting, it would appear, is not in the offing.
The light snowfall that brought the slippery roads that challenged Omaha-area motorists Sunday is expected to stick around all week, as meteorologists predicted that temperatures will not climb above freezing until Friday.
This morning's forecast calls for cutting wind chills.
Temperatures were expected to plunge to 1 below zero early today. Combined with a 10 mph northwest wind, it will feel as though it is 20 below, said Van DeWald, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Today's high is expected to be 15.
While temperatures should remain below freezing during the week, no more precipitation is expected.
Sunday, 2 to 3 inches of snow fell in the Omaha area. Elsewhere, Norfolk received 1.8 inches of snow, Lincoln got 5 to 7 inches, and York had about 8 inches.
The snow caused a flurry of mostly minor collisions as cars and trucks slid on slick streets.
For much of the day, because of the volume of calls, Omaha police declined to respond to reports of accidents in which only property was damaged. Motorists were asked to call police only if there were injuries requiring treatment at a hospital or if the vehicles could not be moved.
Scott McIntyre, Omaha's street maintenance engineer, said city crews put material down on the main streets to improve vehicles' traction and later moved to less-traveled streets and residential areas.
McIntyre urged drivers take it slow on slippery roads, to leave ample space between vehicles and to clean snow off vehicles before driving.
This report includes material from the Associated Press.