The freezing mist and drizzle that slowed the morning commute has moved out, according to Dave Eastlack, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office that serves the Omaha metro.
While the misty drizzle left a layer of ice on car windows and steps, no serious accidents had been reported in the Omaha metro, as of about 8:30 a.m.
That's a sharp contrast to the season's first bout with a wintry mix. A little more than a week ago, four people died in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa with a light wintry mix moved through.
Eastlack said the remaining troublespot in the region is in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa where freezing drizzle is expected to become a problem.
For the most part, caution to extreme caution is advised on rural roads and highwas in eastern Nebraska and northwest Iowa.
National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said 4 to 6 inches of snow had fallen in parts of northwest Iowa.
Areas of Nebraska also have seen snow. Valentine on Wednesday morning reported that 10.5 inches of snow had fallen in 18 hours. To the east in Boyd County, 5.4 inches had been recorded in Butte.
The weather service said the snow was moving slowly out of the area, but the cold remained. Wind chills of minus 20 were recorded near Rushville and Gordon in the Nebraska Panhandle.
Temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid 20s by noon and then beging falling the rest of the day. Blustery winds will make the day feel even chillier.
Today will be the warmest day at least through early next week, as most daily highs from here forward are likely to be in the teens to low 20s.
The U.S. Climate Prediction Center says the odds favor colder than normal weather across Nebraska and Iowa through at least Dec. 16. Normal highs are in the upper 30s with lows around 20 degrees.
While the glaze of ice slowed morning commuters in eastern Nebraska, heavy snow created problems in parts of the Nebraska Panhandle as a major winter storm moved across the Northern Plains.
Selected Nebraska snow totals as of this morning:
14 inches: Kilgore and Valentine areas
12 inches: Asbhy area (Cherry County)
9 inches: Alliance
8.2 to 10 inches: Scottsbluff area
8 inches: Chadron
6.5 inches Newport
5-6 inches: Ainsworth, Gordon, Boyd
2.5 inches: O'Neill
Drivers are being encouraged to use extreme caution across the Panhandle and in northern Nebraska. Caution is advised in most of the rest of the state.
This report includes material from the Associated Press.