Storm Takes Toll

Nearly a foot of snow fell in southeast Nebraska, creating deadly road conditions and closing schools Monday.

At least one person was killed Sunday on icy roads. Irma A. Cortez, 23 of Schuyler was killed when the sport utility vehicle her husband was driving slid out of control and rolled on U.S. Highway 275 between Valley and Waterloo, the Nebraska State Patrol said.

Eppley Airfield in Omaha had about 11 inches of snow and Beatrice in the southeast had nearly 10 inches.

Elkhorn, just west of Omaha, had 8 inches of snow Monday, and the snow continued to fall. Six inches of snow was common in the 50 miles between Omaha and Lincoln and southeast of that line, National Weather Service meteorologist Bryon Miller said.

The snow in eastern Nebraska fell on top of a foot of snow that dropped last Monday and closed schools for two days. About 21 inches of snow was on the ground in the Omaha area.

Grand Island in central Nebraska had about 3 inches of snow Monday and northeast Nebraska got between 3 inches and 6 inches, Miller said.

But western Nebraska, which continues to hope for a break in a four-year drought, received little or no snow, Miller said.

In Omaha on Sunday afternoon, about 3 1/2 inches of snow in less
than an hour and a half.


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