Update: Snow Causes Metro Traffic Troubles

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A brief round of heavy, wet snow pushed through the metro Thursday causing several hours of traffic troubles.

The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove an injured woman from her pickup after it rear-ended a semi on the West Dodge Expressway in Omaha Thursday morning.

Police say the semi had broken down in the right lane of westbound Dodge west of 180th Street when it was struck from behind by the pickup just before 9:30 a.m. Forty-nine-year-old Gerianne Neneman was pinned in the wreck for nearly an hour. She was taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center for treatment of a broken pelvis and wrist. The semi driver was not hurt.

Police were not responding to property damage accidents as the snow picked up.

A stalled car on Ames Avenue at 52nd snarled traffic. A crash at 52nd and Sorensen Parkway shut down eastbound lanes. One person was hurt.

Snow removal crews were fighting a continuous battle clearing main streets as quickly as possible but by noon, the bulk of the snowfall ended. Warming temperatures melted the snow quickly.

We found Ben Swan gassing up for a trip north.

“We're driving to Minneapolis right now,” he said. “So we'll be in the middle of the storm the whole way. Well, Minneapolis is 33 degrees right now so we're hoping that it's this slush the whole way.”

As for the weather roller coaster, Matt McDermott said it best: “Welcome to Nebraska.”

And what would the clash of seasons be without a few noisemakers. We got those in the form of some thunder snow. You can sample it in the video above that Kris Williams posted on Rusty Lord’s Twitter feed.

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