Lincoln remains in deep freeze after snow

UNL students make their way to classes Wednesday after the season's first large storm dropped 4 inches of snow and ushered in single digit temperatures.

UNL students make their way to classes Wednesday after the season's first large storm dropped 4 inches of snow and ushered in single digit temperatures.

By NewsNetNebraska staff

As snowy conditions gave way to sunshine Wednesday morning, brutally cold temperatures remained. Temperatures reached a high of 10 by Wednesday afternoon, but the wind chill temperature remained below zero throughout the day.

Don’t expect things to warm up any time soon, either. Temperatures are expected to remain below 10 for the low through the weekend with wind chills dropping as low as -20, according to The Weather Channel.

Although the People’s City Mission normally sees a decrease in residents at the beginning of each month due to incoming funds, the weather has caused a recent increase in traffic. Brett Anderson, who is the director of the men’s side of the operation, said there has been a 128 to 137 person increase since Sunday.

“It’s not usually quite as dramatic as some would think, but it’s still an increase,” he said.

In all, Lincoln picked up four inches of snow between Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. It was the most snow Lincoln has received from any storm in nearly two months. The snowfall also bumps Lincoln’s seasonal total to 14.1 inches, which is below what the a total for a normal winter would be at this time.

Because of the frozen ground around Lincoln, the four inches of snow that can be translated into 1/4 of an inch of water does not have much impact on the region as a whole. Al Dutcher, state climatologist, said that although Nebraska is experiencing a shortage of moisture, the Lincoln area is still in decent shape.

He said he looks for the future to produce much more precipitation for Lincoln, and The Weather Channel is already predicting another chance of snow for the coming Tuesday.

Because of the snow, Lincoln Public Schools canceled classes and postponed all activities scheduled for Wednesday. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan continued with classes as scheduled, though.

Workers shovel snow on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus Wednesday afternoon. Lincoln received four inches of snow from Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday morning.

Lincoln road crews started clearing main city streets Tuesday night and continued throughout the night. Most main roads were passable by late morning Wednesday. Crews began clearing side streets Wednesday morning, but many side streets were still snow covered by midday.

The snow emergency for Lincoln remains in effect.  A snow emergency means parking is banned on emergency snow routes, bus routes and other major arterial streets.

A map showing these routes and updated information on the status of snow operations is available on the city’s website at (keyword: snow).


See local students react to the latest winter storm in the video below.

Storify by Alex Lantz and Hailey Buddenberg

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