LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in Iowa and Nebraska have responded to numerous vehicle crashes as the season's first widespread snow turned roads icy.

Police in Lincoln say they responded to more than a dozen crashes in the span of two hours because of the overnight snow.

The Iowa State Patrol says ice completely covered roads near the Interstate 80 and Interstate 880 interchange, and two semi-tractor trailers rolled over.

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Forecasters say a wintry storm system could drop up to 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) of snow on northwest Nebraska later this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the northern half of the Panhandle. The service says ice could form on wet pavement late Wednesday night or early Thursday as the system arrives, followed by snow and winds gusting to 35 mph (56.3 kph). Travel could be extremely hazardous.

Overnight low temperatures could dip below 20 degrees (minus 6.7 Celsius).

photo courtesy of Emily Chen-Newton KIOS News

Only weeks after reopening in the wake of historic flooding along the Missouri River in March, Interstate 29 on and off ramps for Highway 2 in southwest Iowa have again closed due to flooding.

Highway 2 connects southwest Iowa to Nebraska City, Nebraska, over the Missouri River. The Omaha World-Herald reports that as of Saturday morning, floodwater was covering the ramps to the highway from I-29.

(Scottsbluff, NE)  --  Snow removal efforts are continuing across the panhandle following last week's blizzard.  Scotts Bluff County public works officials announced yesterday that crews had cleared all routes to give rural residents access to and from their properties.  Officials say some roads were covered by 10-to-12-foot snow drifts following the storm.  Snow removal efforts in Scotts Bluff County cost an estimated 50-thousand-dollars in employee overtime and fuel for vehicles.

(Omaha, NE)  --  Flooding is impacting eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.  Deputies encouraged residents in southwestern Sarpy County to evacuate after water overtopped a levee near Capehart Road yesterday.  All 26-hundred residents of Missouri Valley, Iowa were ordered to evacuate yesterday after multiple levee breaks were reported.  The state patrol says two people were rescued from a vehicle that got caught in floodwaters near Pierce yesterday, and residents along the Platte River between Ashland and Gretna were asked to evacuate last night.

(Omaha, NE)  --  A polar vortex is causing dangerous wind chills in Nebraska.  A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for eastern Nebraska including Omaha until noon, and a Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect from today at noon until 9:00 tomorrow morning.  Wind chills in the impacted area could reach 40-degrees-below-zero.  Officials are warning that exposure to the cold temperatures could lead to frostbite and hypothermia within minutes.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued a disaster declaration for Nebraska to aid the response to flooding and damage in the wake of severe weather across the state since June 1.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say recent heavy rains have forced closure of four more bridges in Lancaster County.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Thunderstorms that blasted through eastern Nebraska into Iowa toppled trees, overturned semitrailers, knocked out power to hundreds of homes and businesses and spawned short-lived tornadoes.

STAPLETON, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities say the sixth mild earthquake in a week has occurred under central Nebraska.

Got the Winter Blues? You're Not Alone

Apr 13, 2018

Has winter been getting you down?  You’re not alone.   Eleanor Dunning, a sophomore at North High School, explains…

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Entries are being sought for the 2018 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists in the state to prepare for a winter storm later this week that's expected to make driving dangerous.

WASHINGTON (AP) — With hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, tornadoes and drought, America hit a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion.

Red Cross Urges Winter Safety

Dec 29, 2017

With temperatures dipping well below freezing, many people are breaking out their wood or coal stoves, turning on space heaters or taking full advantage of their fireplaces to keep warm. 

Protect your pipes from freezing

Dec 28, 2017

Wind chills are expected to remain below zero in much of Iowa and Nebraska and fire officials say the bitterly cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans: Meteorologists say it's cold now, it's expected to be cold Friday and maybe even colder over the weekend.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say the bone-numbing temperatures have wreaked havoc with aging water lines across Omaha.

NOAA works to improve emergency response to natural disasters.  KIOS News Director Cheril Lee has more...

Hot Weather Safety Tips

Jul 20, 2017

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reminds people to be careful during hot weather by taking some safety precautions.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Thunderstorms have loosed a barrage of hail on eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, shattering windshields, damaging roofs and shredding field crops and urban gardens.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — With a heat index creeping into the triple digits, the Salvation Army in Omaha is opening cooling stations in Omaha and neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Severe weather is coming and so are power outages

Jun 12, 2017

As we head deeper into warmer weather, the possibility for severe weather including thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes is on the rise.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Powerful winds and heavy rain have ripped through eastern Nebraska, leaving behind damaged homes, farms and businesses and thousands of people without electricity.

When there’s a severe thunderstorm or tornado headed your way, the safest place to be is the basement.  

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Weather forecasters are warning of possible severe weather — including large hail, high winds and even tornadoes — for sections of eastern Nebraska and much of Iowa.

NASA Views Snow from Space

Feb 28, 2017

When you think of NASA, you don’t automatically think about snow. You probably think of space.

Storm Preparation Tips from OPPD

Jan 12, 2017

With colder weather arriving and the potential for snow accumulation next week, it’s not too early to think about storm preparation.

Red Cross issues winter driving safety tips

Jan 12, 2017

Winter is upon us here in Nebraska and if you haven’t done it yet, the American Red Cross is advising you to winterize your car.