Omaha roads in decent shape; problems not expected for commute - Omaha.com
Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 6:55 am
Omaha roads in decent shape; problems not expected for commute

UPDATE (6:30 a.m.):

Travel on most Omaha-area roads was smooth early Friday:

- Roads were wet but not icy in most locations Friday morning. City of Omaha trucks were spotted on streets east of 72nd Street, spreading salt and a brine mix. Streets were mostly dry in areas northwest of 90th and Blondo Streets.

- The Nebraska State Patrol said Interstate 80 in the Omaha area was in good shape early Friday.

- Emergency 911 dispatchers reported some slick roads in Sarpy County overnight, including Platteview Road.

- The Nebraska Department of Roads urged motorists Friday morning to use caution on some roads north, west and south of the Omaha area and extreme caution on some roads in the Lincoln area.

- Officials in Council Bluffs said they had no reports of trouble on their roads due to icy conditions.

- The Iowa State Patrol said it recorded some accidents, mostly slideoffs, Thursday night due to icing, but conditions had improved on southwest Iowa roads by early Friday.

- The Iowa Department of Transportation said conditions in southwest Iowa on Friday morning were mostly normal to wet and partially covered by icy conditions in some locations.

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The light freezing drizzle that fell Thursday night in the Omaha area should be gone by the Friday morning commute.

Motorists may experience some slick spots, but road conditions should not pose a problem.

"I wouldn't rule out a flurry," said Josh Boustead, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Valley, Neb.

The precipitation Thursday night slickened roads in the Omaha area. Police reported multiple accidents on westbound Interstate 80 near 60th Street.

Several vehicles also were reported to have left I-80 between Ashland and Greenwood.

The high Friday in the Omaha area was expected to be in the low 20s.


Current conditions and forecast

Contact the writer: Emerson Clarridge

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Emerson Clarridge covers crime at night and in the early morning.

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