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The Latest: Omaha airport reopens after freezing rain closes

January 18, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on the effects of winter weather this Friday in Nebraska (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

Omaha’s Eppley Airfield has reopened after closing for hours when a passenger plane slid off an icy runway.

The national airport said on its Twitter page late Friday afternoon that it had reopened after closing shortly after 2 p.m., when a Southwestern Airlines plane traveling from Las Vegas slid off the end of a runway as freezing drizzle and mist coated the region. No one was injured in the incident.

The airport warned that even though it had reopened Friday, many flights will still be delayed as a winter storm swept the Midwest.

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3 p.m.

Authorities at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield say a plane has slid off an ice-slicked runway.

Airport officials said on Twitter that no one was injured when the Southwest Airlines plane went off the end of the runway after landing just after 2 p.m. Friday. The incident led authorities to close the airport Friday afternoon and suspend all flights.

Officials said airport fire crews were working with Southwest to get passengers off the plane and take them to the terminal.

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2:15 p.m.

Freezing drizzle is slicking roads in much of Nebraska on Friday residents prepare for a second straight weekend of winter weather.

The National Weather Service The National Weather Service says freezing drizzle Friday afternoon was creating a glaze of ice on streets and sidewalks ahead of the system that’s expected to drop 1 to 4 inches of snow on much of the eastern half of the state.

Of more concern are high winds of up to 30 mph late Friday and into Saturday that could cut visibility on roadways. Artic air is expected to move into the state behind the storm, dropping wind chills to as low as 20-below on Saturday and Sunday.

Schools in the Omaha area canceled classes Friday in anticipation of the storm Friday afternoon.

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