Omaha Public Works crews were spreading salt on major and secondary streets Friday morning before and after a band of snow helped muck up the morning commute.

Austin Rowser, the city's street maintenance engineer, said workers had been putting down salt since it started snowing around 4:30 a.m. The full complement of workers should be out all day Friday, he said.

A heavy window of snow hit the metro from about 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., he said. Otherwise, the snow has been light.

Crews were able to pretreat bridges with salt Thursday afternoon after the rain stopped, Rowser said.

The snow should move out of the Omaha area by 3 p.m. or so, said Katie Gross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley. Omaha could see a half an inch or so of accumulation, she said.

The next chance of precipitation comes Monday, when a mix of snow and freezing rain could show up, Gross said.

Friday morning's road conditions were much better than what drivers experienced Thursday in central Nebraska. A stretch of about 145 miles of Interstate 80 — from roughly Grand Island to North Platte — was closed for several hours Thursday while the storm howled and crews cleared crashes.

It reopened about 7:15 p.m. No severe injuries were reported.

The Interstate wasn't the only rough stretch of road: Lincoln police said officers handled 29 motor vehicle collisions from Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday.

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Miserably cold weather is forecast for Friday as temperatures remain locked in the teens and low 20s across the state and strong winds drive down wind chills.

Temperatures should rise a bit over the weekend before plunging again early in the week.

That means people should plan for a windy, cold New Year’s Eve. In Omaha, strong winds could drop wind chills into the single digits for the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show.

Thursday, the Nebraska State Patrol helped more than 100 drivers who had trouble with the weather.

In western Kansas, a person was killed in a storm-related collision between a car and semitrailer truck on Interstate 70, according to WDAF-TV.

About 75 miles of I-70 was closed for hours because of the storm.

The storm similarly caused problems in the Dakotas and northern Minnesota.

Cliff Cole, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said the storm didn’t produce the widespread high snow totals originally forecast.

For the most part, 5 to 6 inches of snow fell in western and northern Nebraska. Up to a foot of snow had been forecast.

North of Grand Island, there was a report of 8.5 inches in Greeley County, according to Jordan Thies, a meteorologist at the Hastings weather service office.

But strong winds — gusting up to 55 mph — were enough to pile up drifts between 1 and 3 feet high in some spots.

Winds were expected to be a problem into Friday morning before abating.

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