Winter rolled into Omaha on Thursday afternoon with drizzle in the afternoon turning to freezing rain as temperatures began their decline just in time for the evening commute.
Omaha Police restricted call response Thursday afternoon around the city early to personal injury accidents only, citing the spike in weather-related accident reports.
#OPD will not be responding to non-injury accidents. Please move vehicles to the side of the road and exchange necessary information. If you are involved in an injury accident, call 911.
— Omaha Police Dept (@OmahaPolice) December 21, 2017
Earlier in the day, just after 1 p.m., an Omaha Police dispatcher said OPS officers were working more than a dozen accidents within city limits.
Omaha was planning to deploy about 110 salt trucks all over the city starting at noon Thursday, with plans to tackle bridges first.
The city of Norfolk issued a release Thursday morning stating authorities there were working multiple accidents. The city advised cautious driving, noting crews were applying de-icing material to intersections, and that weather would likely affect driving conditions into the evening.
Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Iowa 511 was reporting a crash on Interstate 29 was blocking traffic between Exit 82 (County Road F50) and Exit 89 (Highway 127), near Modale, Iowa.
⚡️ “Winter welcomes Omaha area with drizzle, freezing rain”https://t.co/ggT0V0nRol
— 3NewsNow (@3NewsNowOmaha) December 21, 2017
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