Crews work to prevent slush from refreezing

Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 19:24:20-05
The snow stopped falling, but the potential remains for slushy roads to refreeze Friday night.
Warmer ground temperatures were key in helping city and county crews keep major roads wet and not frozen.
"It went really well, I mean the plan we put into place was a good plan, it's worked and I think the results kind of bear that out," said Austin Rowser, Omaha street maintenance engineer.
While things, for the most part, have been going smoothly for city crews, the weather remains challenging. 
"The biggest challenge we're had so far has really been the wind,” Rowser said. “There have been high, sustained winds today, so, there are some areas that have drifted. It's not terrible, but it's really been the worst thing that's happened for us. Things have gone really well so far."
There were whiteout conditions in parts of Sarpy County, making snow plowing nerve racking.
"Not for what they're doing, it's the guy coming at them,” said Rod Ripley, Sarpy County highway foreman. “We've had a few back in the day, I've been here 39 years. We've had incidents out here on Platteview Rd. Where a guy lost it, come across and hit the corner of a plow, ripped that car in half as if it hit a shredder."
Both Omaha and Sarpy County trucks will be out over the next 12 to 24 hours, lying salt to stop melting snow from refreezing.
"We’ll get the snow off, lay the material on those locations,” Ripley said. “Then with the wind, if it stays up, and the snow stops, the wind should help dry these roads up."
Conditions we've seen across the area, from rain to snow, are not a surprise to many drivers in the area.
"I kind of expect it every year,” said Colt Webster, Omaha. “This is probably the best snow we've seen but at the same time I was dreading it the whole year."
Omaha will have as many as 110 trucks running overnight.
Sarpy County will have about 16 checking rural and country roads.