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Bitter cold to keep snow around awhile after Monday's light dusting

Bitter cold to keep snow around awhile after Monday's light dusting

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Weather watchers expect bitterly cold winds chills Tuesday and Wednesday following a Monday that saw blustery winds and light snow across Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

About 1.1 inches of snow fell at the Lincoln Airport, the highest snowfall in southeast Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service in Valley.

Thermometers at the airport topped out at 24 degrees Fahrenheit.

Forecasters anticipated sharp drops in temperature overnight, falling to near zero in Lincoln. Tuesday's high will be 8 degrees, the low a bone-chilling minus 4.

A wind chill advisory is up for north and west of Lincoln, where the wind chill could drop to near 30 below.

On the roads Monday, police worked almost five times as many accidents as the day prior.

By 7 p.m., 56 accidents were reported in the city, most of those coming in the afternoon and evening, according to police.

Lincoln police responded to 12 accidents on Sunday.

Those accidents came despite mostly clear main roads across the city.

Lincoln's main roads were in "good shape" ahead of the Monday evening commute as snow continued to fall, city officials said.

That allowed material spreaders to work on bus routes and secondary arterial streets Monday afternoon, said Ty Barger, maintenance manager for the city's Public Works Department.

Lincoln streets received a brine bath later Monday as Public Works in tanker trucks worked overnight to combat slick, icy streets brought on by a re-freeze, Barger said.

Monday's light snow and flurries fell on the short end of forecasts, which predicted 1 to 3 inches in the area.

But weather service officials expect a more complete snapshot of Monday's snowfall Tuesday morning when weather observers in the area send in their reports.

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