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NDOT prepares for weekend flash freeze

What to expect as winter storm evolves
Posted at 10:35 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 23:35:17-05

OMAHA, Neb. — As weather patterns change going into the weekend, the Nebraska Department of Transportation is also taking extra steps to make sure they're on top of more freezing conditions.

NDOT has already been dealing with slippery roads since early Friday morning, but their work is nowhere near done as this winter storm evolves. They've been plowing, salting, sanding and covering roads in brine to help drivers with their commutes. But now, freezing weekend temperatures and strong winds will only add to the sloppy conditions.

"There's still a lot of slush and as the temperatures drop that slush is going to freeze. We're doing everything we can to prepare for that," Jim Laughlin with the Nebraska Department of Transportation said.

NDOT representatives say they're doing their part on the roads but drivers need to do theirs - make sure you're slowing down, increasing your driving distance and giving the plows some room as they work on the roads. If you plan on passing a plow on the roads do it on the left side, the right side has a lot of blind spots and workers may not see you.