Omaha, NE – Omaha city officials say anyone traveling Tuesday or Wednesday should use extreme caution.
A major winter storm affecting the Omaha area could leave behind a foot of snow when it moves out Wednesday. A news release from the city says only essential personnel should report to work Wednesday. Everyone else should stay home if possible.
City officials say crews will be plowing and deicing roads around the clock.
No power outages were reported in or around Omaha as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Omaha, NE – Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall in Omaha and Lincoln through Wednesday morning.
A Winter Storm Warning continues for the metro area through Wednesday afternoon, with a Blizzard Watch in effect Tuesday evening. Winds of 20 to 40 miles an hour will accompany the storm, creating blowing and drifting snow. NWS Valley meteorologist Kathy Zapotocny says forecast models predict the heaviest snow will fall in Omaha, Lincoln and points southward.
Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter is participating in a unique holiday gift-giving program.
It's called Gifts that Save the Day. This is how it works: by going to the Red Cross' online gift catalog, you can purchase items such as vaccinations for children, phone cards for military service men and women, or disaster relief kits. Your purchase is a donation to the Red Cross, who then provides the items.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha's Winter Night Watch program has begun its 21st year.
Winter Night Watch provides hot meals, winter clothing and blankets to Omaha's homeless and near homeless. Last year more than 16,000 meals were served, and thousands of winter items were distributed. The Salvation Army patrols Omaha's streets every night between December first and the end of February to provide the meals and warm clothing.
Omaha, NE – Starting next fall, students in the Omaha Public Schools will have more options for where they want to attend class.
OPS recently approved a new student assignment plan. Modeled after the District's high school plan, it opens up all elementary, middle and magnet schools to all students. Spokeswoman Luanne Nelson says a key part of the new plan is priority. Students who contribute to the socioeconomic diversity of a school will receive first priority.
Omaha, NE – A former U.S. Ambassador to Israel says a sense of urgency is needed to bring peace to the Middle East.
Martin Indyk served as Ambassador from 1995-97 and 2000-01. During a lecture last week at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Indyk talked about the lessons the Obama administration can learn from the Clinton administration's handling of the Mideast peace process. He says the president needs to know how the U.S. can best use its influence in the region.
Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter is participating in a program that gives Christmas cards and letters to service members, veterans, and their families.
The program is called Holiday Mail for Heroes. Last year the American Red Cross distributed one million cards and letters to service members in the U.S. and overseas. 31,000 of those cards were submitted locally.