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* Today’s accidents: Maria Melendez, 38, of Omaha was critically injured early Monday in a one-vehicle traffic accident on Interstate 80 at 13th Street. The crash occurred about 2 a.m., and police blamed the accident on icy road conditions. Elsewhere, dispatchers in Pottawattamie County reported numerous vehicles in ditches and off roadways early Monday. And several accidents, but nothing major, were reported in southwest Iowa by Iowa State Patrol dispatchers.

* Power outages: Omaha Public Power District reported 121 customers without power as of 1:30 p.m. today, down from 19,713 at the height of the storm, including 78 in Douglas County. OPPD said the majority of outages are in its south rural areas. Helicopter crews were to perform inspections later today to survey possible damage to OPPD’s delivery system. And crews will continue to work throughout the day until all customers’ power has been restored.

* Garbage collection: The City of Omaha’s solid waste collection contractor, Deffenbaugh Industries, has been slowed by cold and icy road conditions. Officials said workers are taking frequent breaks to warm up, leading to longer hours and potentially delayed collections. Omaha residents should continue to put out garbage and recyclables on their normal collection day and allow them to remain there until collected. Residents can report any missed collections to the City’s Solid Waste Hotline, (402) 444-5238, after 7 p.m. on their normal collection day. Residents may also sign up for e-mail notifications through and they may also refer to for collection updates.

No mas: The handlers of Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter. A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

By midafternoon, area schools one after another announced that classes were canceled for Monday. The 6 to 9 inches of snow that the Omaha area received in this single storm was more than the 4.4 inches that had fallen in the previous three months. It also was more than the 2 to 3 inches that had been predicted late last week.

Scott McIntyre of Omaha’s Public Works Department said an expected window of about 12 hours between the storm’s end Sunday night and the beginning of Monday morning’s commute was expected to give crews the opportunity to fully plow main streets.

Accidents and blowing snow closed portions of Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 6 and other highways. One of those accidents, a collision between two semitrailer trucks on I-80 in Lincoln, claimed the life of an Illinois man. Another collision on Highway 92 near Wahoo killed 62-year-old Kathleen Schulzkump of West Point, Nebraska.

Eastbound traffic was being diverted to Highway 30 from Shelton to Wood River because of a jack-knifed semitrailer truck. Multiple vehicles and semis were in the median and off the road, and a few vehicles spun far off the road into neighboring farms.