winter weather

Black Hills Energy

Customers of Black Hills Energy are about to see a rate increase.  Company officials say the increase is due to higher demand on electricity and natural gas during the extreme cold weather in February.  Black Hills Energy lost about 80-million-dollars during the cold weather, and residential customers could pay 322-dollars in extra fees, and commercial customers could pay 12-hundred-77-dollars over a three year period. 


Heating bills are showing up now in many rural Nebraska communities, and residents are shocked at what they’re seeing. The Omaha World-Herald reports that bills for residents of Pender that are typically $200 to $250 ballooned to $900 because of the cold stretch in February that caused a spike in wholesale natural gas prices due to high demand and a lack of supply. Utilities that had to buy gas during that period got burned. Municipal governments are also are feeling the shock.


Some coronavirus vaccination events have been canceled across Nebraska because winter weather delayed vaccine shipments. Health officials in Beatrice and Hastings canceled vaccination appointments that were scheduled for this week. The West Central District Health Department in North Platte said it has enough vaccine on hand for the appointments it has scheduled this week, but it may have to delay next week’s vaccination clinics because of the shipment delays. The state estimated that 6.5% of Nebraska’s population has now received both required doses of the vaccine.

Siouxland Proud

Frigid weather that has sent temperatures plunging across Middle America also has power and gas utilities urging customers to dial down the thermostat. Utility companies serving Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri issued the plea Sunday and Monday for customers to conserve power as temperatures dropped to nearly 30 below in parts of western and northern Nebraska early Monday, sending the wind chill to as low as nearly 50 below in some places.

Omaha World Herald

A major winter storm blanketed parts of the middle of the country with snow that was forecast to continue into late Tuesday in some areas, disrupting traffic and closing some coronavirus testing sites. The National Weather Service said at least 4 inches of snow fell across most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan. The weather service forecast the light snowfall that began around sunset Monday in northern Illinois was expected to get heavier overnight, accumulation totaling about three to six inches by early Tuesday.

Much of the state is bracing for snow.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Omaha area and a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Lincoln area until 7:00 tomorrow morning.  Snowfall amounts in the Omaha area could range from two to five inches, while Lincoln could see five to eight inches of frozen precipitation.  Residents are being told to expect hazardous travel conditions.

An arctic cold front that descended upon eastern Nebraska and most of Iowa may have claimed an elderly victim. Omaha police say officers found the body of an 80-year-old man a little before 5:40 a.m. Thursday in a street not far from an assisted living center where he lived. Police say he was not dressed appropriately for the cold. The National Weather Service says the wind chill had dropped to minus 26 degrees (minus 32 Celsius) at that time. He's been identified as Robert Freymuller.

Hospitals Warn Of Wind Chill Dangers

Feb 13, 2020

Lincoln area hospitals are warning residents about the dangerous wind chills that have moved into the region.  CHI Health St. Elizabeth officials are encouraging people to dress in layers and limit their exposure to the outside temperatures. People who spend time outside in low wind chills are at risk of developing hypothermia and frostbite.  Much of the eastern part of the state is under a Wind Chill Advisory this morning. Gusty winds could push the wind chill down to 30 degrees below zero today.

Due to expected snow, Omaha Public Schools has released the following message:


Due to the inclement weather in the forecast, Omaha Public Schools is canceling all after school and school related activities today. Omaha Public Schools Foundation Kids Club will also be closed. Students will remain under supervision until they are picked up. 

Buses may be delayed during drop-off due to predicted conditions mid-to-late afternoon.

Please stay safe and warm.”

Snow For Southeast Nebraska Friday, Affecting P.M. Commute

Jan 10, 2020

The National Weather Service says accumulating snow is expected Friday along and south of Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska.  The afternoon and evening commute will be affected.  Freezing rain and-or sleet could precede the snow this morning over parts of the southeast, according to the weather service.  Omaha and Lincoln could measure up to four inches of snow.


More than foot of snow fell in parts of central and northern Nebraska making travel conditions difficult across much of the state. The Nebraska State Patrol had to close sections of Interstate 80 near North Platte and Wood River at different times Sunday because crashes involving semitrailer trucks blocked traffic for several hours. The interstate had reopened by Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service says 15 inches of snow fell near Ansley and 13 inches fell in Broken Bow by Sunday afternoon and snow continues to fall across the area.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm watches Thursday for much of western Nebraska and is warning Iowa travelers about the potential for icy roadways and heavy rain. Snowfall ranging up to 6 or even 8 inches has been forecast for the western two-thirds of Nebraska, starting Friday afternoon and ending early Sunday. Storm winds could gust to 35 mph, adding to the difficulty of maintaining vehicle control on slick highways and streets. The service says freezing rain is expected to fall starting Friday night across west-central and northern Iowa .

Winter Weather Impacts Travel

Dec 10, 2019

Winter weather is to blame for several crashes in the Omaha area. A snowstorm that moved through the area yesterday morning led to numerous incidents on local roads including a seven-vehicle crash at 42nd and Dodge.  Winds gusting up to 50-miles-per-hour also impacted the morning commute.