An overnight dusting of sleet and snow pellets left roads in the Omaha area a bit treacherous for the Friday morning commute.
The Omaha area received about .10 of an inch of snow pellets, sleet and snow that came in two brief segments, said Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Valley, Neb. The precipitation began about midnight and quickly sputtered out, she said, and then began again about 2 a.m., with the brunt of it wrapped up about an hour later.
An overnight low temperature in the low 20s combined with the pellets to leave driveways, sidewalks and roads slick after a high temp Thursday in the 40s.
“It was real fast-moving,'' Kern said about the precipitation.
The system swept through an area from about Norfolk to Lincoln, she said, and moved east through Nebraska into southwest Iowa.
Roads in Omaha appeared to be untreated overnight, leaving conditions slick. Friday morning, Sorensen Parkway from about 46th to 52nd Street had two to three traffic accidents involving up to eight vehicles from about 6 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. alone.
In western and southwest Iowa, highways and Interstates were partially to completely covered Friday moirning.
The Omaha area can expect a high temperature around 26 degrees Friday and an overnight low in the mid-teens, Kern said.
A high temperature Saturday in the 40s is likely, she said, with Sunday's high topping out at 40 degrees.
A chance of snow pellets/sleet/snow returns early Saturday and again late Sunday into early Monday, Kern said.