Heavy Snow Brings Area To A Halt

It was a harsh reminder that we haven't finished winter just yet.

The Omaha area spent a large part of Sunday in a winter weather advisory.

Of course, that brought a lot of problems on the ground and in the air.

Transportation was a huge issue.

Crews were at work since the storm first started, but weren't able to keep up with the problem.

Almost as soon as the snow hit the ground, the accidents started coming in.

“I was driving up this street, and I just pulled into someone’s yard so I wouldn’t hit three cars, because it slid. There was an accident,” said Elizabeth Beason, a driver in Omaha.

In the afternoon, several accidents stopped both lanes of traffic on I-80 in Pottawattamie County near Avoca.

Other accidents caused another 80 mile stretch of the west bound lanes of I-80 between Lincoln and Grand Island to close.

Then, northbound lanes of I-29 were blocked in Harrison County, near little Sioux, due to crashes.

In those rough conditions, crashing wasn't too difficult.

”There’s just a lot of slick ice underneath that snow so it made me drive a lot slower coming home,” said Ron Boro, another driver in Omaha.

Snow also caused problems at the Epley Airfield.

Many came in to find flights cancelled, and many of those delayed didn't look good.

"It just said like another hour and a half delay, so we though oh we'll just get something to eat, came back here. Then, it was delayed again, but only for like an hour, so we're just kind of feeling around, seeing how it's going to go," said Houston Wiltsey, a man delayed at the airport.

As snow continued to fall, crews continued to clear off the runway.

As time went on, travelers started to think about other plans.

“I’m very concerned, because I had my husband and daughter drop me off, and if my flight’s delayed until tomorrow then I’m not sure what I’m going to do,” said Kristen Gottschalk, a woman delayed at the airport.

Traffic accidents got so bad Sunday that the Omaha Police Department had to stop responding to traffic accidents.

They were only able to make it to those with injuries.


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