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Roads getting prepared for winter conditions

Ice and snow are expected throughout the week
Posted at 10:16 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 23:16:33-04

OMAHA, Neb. — Preparation is key when it comes to dangerous, slippery roads.

With snow and cold temperatures slated to arrive early Wednesday morning, dangerous road conditions could also be on the forecast. Omaha Public Works has started preparing. Throughout the day Tuesday, they started covering major roads with brine.

"The way we remove snow from the streets is with a plow," Omaha Public Works street maintenance engineer Austin Rowser said. "What brine does and salt does is it keeps snow and ice from bonding to pavement so we can get it off with a plow."

Crews are expected to be out overnight and Wednesday.

"We'll work as long as we need to," Rowser said.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation is also preparing.

"Trucks are full with salt and ready to go for whenever it hits," NDOT highway maintenance superintendent Jim Laughlin said.

They had a chance to run their equipment Monday. You'll probably see some plows throughout the week as winter weather continues.

"When you see our snow plows out there plowing snow or putting material down to make the roads safer, give them some space. They're big trucks and they have a lot of blind spots, especially on their right-hand side of the truck," Laughlin said.

Preparations are in full swing for winter weather. You can help prepare as well by leaving a few minutes earlier for your commute and slowing down on the roads. Make sure your car is also prepared with emergency tools in case of an emergency and your home is equipped with materials in case of any power outages.