Omaha street crews will be ready for the first expected major snowfall of the season, the city’s street maintenance engineer said.
Road crews will be on 24-hour duty until midnight Sunday, said Scott McIntyre.
Two to four inches of snow is expected to fall in the Omaha area by early Sunday afternoon, said Cathy Zapotocny, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Valley, Neb.
The heaviest snow is expected Sunday morning, she said.
While the snow is expected to be dry and powdery, Zapotocny said, roads can still get slippery depending on conditions. The weather service issued a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Sunday.
McIntyre said he will decide Sunday whether to bring in contractors for additional help. Strong winds and drifting could hamper snow removal efforts.
“I think the cold’s going to be more of an issue than anything,” McIntyre said.
Omaha will continue to experience below-freezing temperatures for the foreseeable future.
Sunday’s high will be in the upper teens to 20 degrees, Zapotocny said, with highs Monday in the teens.
The temperature will climb into the upper 20s on Tuesday, but the high Wednesday will be only in the teens.
While the cold snap will continue, subzero temperatures in the Omaha area may be gone for a while. The overnight low Saturday was -3.
Zapotocny said over the next seven days, the forecast shows only Monday morning has the potential for a below-zero reading.