NEBRASKA CITY – Freezing drizzle, not snow, made a mess of Nebraska City’s evening commute on Friday. The moisture left behind ice coated roads, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks.
It’s possible the freezing drizzle could still switch over to snow before 1 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, but less than an inch is expected.
Vicki Volkmer, who was in the process of scraping thick ice off her windshield around 5:30 p.m., traveled from Plattsmouth to Nebraska City on Highway 75 and said the road “wasn’t too bad.”
“(Department of Roads) had the salt out and stuff. Just got to watch what you’re doing.”
Even Falls City, which initially was forecast to get up to seven inches of snow, was expected to get only about one to four inches. The weather service says the heavier band of snow moved further southeast of Richardson County.
Falls City, along with Auburn, Johnson-Brock and Johnson County Central schools, all dismissed class early Friday afternoon due to the weather conditions. Several schools in Cass County, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri cancelled classes all together.
Lind Lawn Service employee Ryan Roth was spreading ice melt in front of Burger King in Nebraska City and says they’ve laid at least a half a pallet of ice melt at 10 businesses.
“Wet and slick. You just got to watch yourself, because sometimes it don’t even seem like it’s going to be slick and then all of the sudden – it’s slick out.”
A Southwest Airlines plane arriving in Omaha from Las Vegas went off the end of a runway after landing at Eppley Airfield around 2:05 p.m. “There are no injuries and airport fire crews are working with Southwest to deplane the passengers and take them to the terminal,” Eppley officials said. The airport was closed for about 2 1/2 hours.
Winds Friday night were expected to gust to 25-30 mph. With lows in the single digits, wind chills were expected to drop below zero.