Omaha NWS site still maintained during shutdown

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - While the federal government shutdown is affecting the National Weather Service, some sites - including Omaha - are still being maintained to deliver lifesaving information.

This comes as dangerous winter weather conditions affect much of Nebraska.

A blizzard warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Monday for areas northwest of the Omaha metro. Travel in these areas was expected to be nearly impossible at times Monday.

Douglas County and Harrison County in Iowa are under a winter storm warning, also through 6 p.m.

A message posted to NOAA.gov states: "Due to the government shutdown, all public National Weather Service activities have been canceled or postponed until further notice.  The National Weather Service will continue to provide critical forecast, watch, and warning information to protect life and property throughout the shutdown."

The NWS Omaha continued to update its website and social media sites throughout Monday, as conditions worsened.

The U.S. Senate voted Monday to advance a short-term spending bill that will end a three-day shutdown of the federal government.

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