It appears today's winter storm may pass without Lincoln residents even lifting a shovel.
The latest update from the National Weather Service projects snowfall totals in the Lincoln area ranging from half an inch to 2 inches. The heaviest snow is now expected over northern Nebraska and the extreme southeastern corner of the state.
Up to 7 inches of snow could fall in the Falls City area, forecasters said, with close to a foot possible in an area near St. Joseph, Missouri.
Light freezing precipitation likely contributed to a few crashes in the Lincoln area on Friday morning, and light snow falling on top of ice-covered surfaces Friday afternoon led to more travel issues. A semi reportedly rolled on U.S. 77 near Davey shortly after 3 p.m., and another truck rolled on Interstate 80 near mile marker 409 around 4 p.m., closing eastbound lanes. Several other accidents were reported in the Lincoln area around the same time.
Classes were in session for Lincoln schools, but many districts in rural areas — including Waverly, Raymond Central, Malcolm, Wahoo and Elmwood-Murdock — and the Omaha metro area called a snow day for Friday.
Later on Friday, Lincoln Public Schools announced that all school facilities would close at 4:30 p.m., and all evening activities and events were canceled or postponed.
In areas where freezing precipitation was falling, caution was urged on roads and especially bridges and untreated parking lots and sidewalks. Twenty city crews were applying salt and brine to arterial streets and were expected to remain on patrol overnight, according to a press release from the city.
In Lincoln, light snow is expected to begin around 3 p.m. before the precipitation ends around midnight.
In Kansas City, where the Chiefs will face New England on Sunday in the NFL playoffs for a spot in the Super Bowl, the forecast calls for 3-4 inches of snow before skies clear for the game. Temperatures on Sunday will hold in the 20s.
A winter weather advisory covers much of Nebraska through 6 a.m. on Saturday. In the Lincoln area, the high temperature on Friday reached 30, but winds gusted to nearly 30 mph in the afternoon and temperatures quickly dropped into the low 20s.
The Saturday morning low will dip to 10 degrees, and temperatures will hold mostly steady during the first half of the weekend. The coldest temperatures will come Sunday morning, with wind chills to dip to near minus-7.
Highs will rebound to near 25 on Sunday and 35 on Martin Luther King Day.