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Drivers urged to use caution as storm barrels into Midwest

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 16:13:54-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Drivers are being urged to play it safe on the roads this week as a winter storm has its eyes set on the Midwest.

The Omaha area is expected to receive 3-6 inches of snow beginning on Tuesday with higher totals in surrounding areas.

State transportation officials say crews will be out trying to keep roads clear but tell drivers to be aware of snow and slush covered roads.

During last week’s winter storm, troopers responded to more than 250 weather-related incidents throughout Nebraska. If any motorists become stranded, they can call the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555 to speak directly with an NSP dispatcher who can send help.

Drivers are also asked to be prepared with warm clothes and food and to stick with well-traveled roads. With plow crews set to hit the roads, state transportation officials also request drivers be respectful of plows, keep a safe distance and never pass a plow on the right. Plows are equipped with “wing plows” which extend beyond the truck itself.

Officials also warn drivers not to use cruise control in heavy snow and to keep a full gas tank in case of an emergency.

The 3 News Now Weather Alert Team will have updates on the storm on-air, online and on social media.

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