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Warm weather brings concerns of ice jams and minor flooding

Posted at 10:48 PM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 23:48:23-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It was a warm weekend across the Metro area, as lots of people got out to enjoy the weather.

However, that weather also brought the concern of ice jams and possible flooding.

"I was told we were within a few degrees of Miami, " National Weather Service Meteorologist Katie Gross said.

Gross was keeping an eye on the increased temperatures across Nebraska and how it could impact river levels and ice jams.

"We haven't had any issues so far, luckily," Gross said. "The main area we have been watching has been from Fremont down through Venice, but so far the channels remain pretty well open."

Although the warm weather lasted through the weekend, Gross says winter will be back at the start of the week.

Omaha residents took advantage of the nice weekend while they still could.

Connor Scott and his friends say it felt like spring. They spent the day running around their neighborhood.

"It's hot outside, but there is still snow on the ground. It's crazy," Scott said.

Across the street, the Gardner family was grilling outside in preparation for the Super Bowl game.

"It's very odd, but I will enjoy every minute of it," Rhonda Gardner said. "Windows open, breeze is flowing. It's great."

Not only was the warm weather creating a gorgeous weekend in Omaha, but Gross says it could help lessen flooding come spring time.

"The warming does kind of help break up the ice and get it moving along, so at least we don't have a huge ice pack on the rivers," Gross said.