Snow, wind and cold blast Nebraska for second time this week

Jan. 12, 2024, 3:30 p.m. ·

Snowplows line up outside of the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Baldwin facility on Friday morning. (Photo by Brian Beach/Nebraska Public Media News)

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More snow is blasting eastern Nebraska for the second time this week, but this time, it’s coming with gusty winds and frigid temperatures.

That’s made a busy week for Lincoln snowplow driver Brett Bratrsovsky, who has already worked multiple 12 hour shifts, including 16 hours on Thursday.

While the early week storm had warmer temperatures and wetter snow, Friday’s accumulation has been colder and drier, making it easier to plow. But the wind is a problem.

Brett Bratrovsky showcased snow’s nature while driving his snowplow down Lincoln’s 84th Street Friday morning.

“Right now we're only going 20 miles an hour,” he said. “We're still kicking up this much snow because it's that light and fluffy.”

Clayton Engelman, transportation maintenance coordinator for the city of Lincoln, says Friday’s storm has the rare combination of significant snow accumulation and brutally cold wind chills.

“I do not remember a storm, in recent memory at least, that is both this heavy and this cold that we've competed with,” Engelman said.

The snow is expected to clear up, but the wind and cold will intensify over the weekend, with wind chills as low as -40 predicted for Sunday morning.