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Omaha road crews working long hours to keep up with snowfall

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 19:39:43-05

Much of Nebraska — including the Omaha metro — woke this morning to a snow day and long weekend. But for some, the heavy wet snow that blanketed streets around Omaha meant clocking in extra hours during the winter storm. 

"It's really wet snow. Compact slushy," Ray Yates said. 

Omaha city crews had a fleet of plows out — 110 city plows — beginning around 6:30 a.m.


Austin Rowser with Omaha Public Works said the city called in extra plows from other divisions to help out. 

 "It's been a little unusual in the fact we had a major discrepancy from snowfall from one side of the city to the other," Rowser said. "That's something we hadn't seen in recent years." 

This afternoon, 175 private contractors began working in shifts to plow residential streets with 2 or more inches. The plan is to lay down salt to fight re-freezing as temperatures dip into the evening. 

"Luckily, I live right across the street from an OPS school, so my roads are probably usually pretty clear," resident Mickala Stark said. "I just feel bad for the people who don't live closer to an area that gets cleared." 

Rowser said he expects plowing operations to be finished midday Tuesday. Many of the people we spoke to say Monday's winter weather is to be expected this time of year. 

"Hey, my birthday is in the beginning of March — I've had barbecues, I've had blizzards," Stark said. "It's our weather. It's just the way it is sometimes."