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Winter weather impacts drivers in metro, several accidents reported

Posted: 12:46 PM, Nov 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-09 18:46:03Z

"It's a unpleasant surprise," Amber Watts said. 

Some drivers say they weren't happy to wake up to snow covered streets Friday morning.

"I honestly had no idea it was supposed to snow this morning or I probably would've woke up a little earlier," Watts said. 

Friday morning's snow caused several accidents on area streets and interstates like the one near I-80 near 84 st. 

Omaha police issued accident alerts shortly after the first sights of snow started hitting the ground. 

"I was pretty irritated, I saw people going around me and cutting people off," one driver said.

[They were ] going in the neighborhood and scooping around so they could cut the lines and stuff like that," the driver said. 

The bridge near the I-L-Q st. exit was down to one lane as multiple semis blocked traffic. 

Margaret Perry says she tried to stay cautious as she headed to the store. 

"They were a little slick but I was driving slow so you just have to drive slow and keep a distance away from the car in front of you so we have time to stop," Perry said. 

Amber Watts said her morning commute usually takes about 10 to 12 minutes, she stopped halfway and had already been on the road more than 30 minutes. 

She tells us next time, she'll be more prepared. 

"[I'll ] probably just make sure I have my snow scrapper (I should've bought gloves in there) and throw some salt down that's about it," Watts said. 

Local law enforcement says drivers should remain cautious, increase their following distance and keep it slow on the roads.