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Snow affecting road conditions in the Metro

Posted at 5:29 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 15:26:58-05

Ice, snow, high winds and low visibility brought traffic to a crawl if not a standstill in the metro Wednesday morning.

Turns and hills even that caused problems for drivers.

Drivers tell KMTV that their morning drive doubled if not tripled with the weather conditions.

Turning a winter wonderland into a nightmare for drivers.

On the side street, there was somebody with a two-wheel drive that couldn’t get up the hill.

At 144th and Ida, hundreds of car headlights curving and winding with the hill.

A perfect snapshot of what people saw everywhere in the metro.

“I used to live in Boston, I used to live in New York, I used to live in the Denver area. If the cars are still moving that’s a good thing,” said Colin Andersen, a driver in the area.

At best, drivers hoped for a crawl versus a halt.

“No crashes. Everybody is going too slow to crash. You go 3 or 4 MPH you can’t have much of a crash,” said Frank Malousek.

Reduced speeds also reduced patience for some.

Making the situation even worse, snow accumulation.

In Northwest Douglas County, it received three to four inches.

Snow and ice covered streets made even the simplest things like making turns  laborious.

A KMTV photographer stopped shooting footage to help a woman out.

Eventually, a Douglas County snow plow and deputy helped her get traction.

Something that didn’t come easily to a lot of people, four wheel or not.

This winter weather advisory lifted not long ago.

But people were still dealing with the same mess as near 132nd and Dodge.

The trick to getting around? Being aware of your surroundings.

 

Omaha Police says an accident alert is in effect. They are no longer responding to non-injury accidents at this time.

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