Windy Snow a Challenge for Plows, First Responders
Crew say the blowing snow has been brutal.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE- By Sunday night, the metro could see anywhere from six inches to eight inches of snow. The biggest issue for people forced to work outside in Sunday's snow storm is the wind.
Sunday afternoon, witnesses have reported whiteout conditions from I-480 to Bellevue.
Scott McIntyre, Street Engineer with the city of Omaha, says all 100 crews from the city have been out working since 3:30 Sunday morning.
Crews are working in 12 hour on, 12 hour off shifts. He says the battle is to keep the roads less slushy and slick. The wind is a big challenge to that, blowing snow drifts back into areas that have just been plowed.
"It's a windy snow so what we try to do is mainly keep those drift spots peeled back," Streets Foreman Cory Sanchez said.
Nebraska DOT has also had 60 trucks out throughout Omaha and the surrounding areas, Dale Butler with DOT said. He says they're expecting warmer temperatures over the next two days to melt the snow quickly.