A Few Clouds
Pressure : 30.20 in
Dewpoint : 48.0 °
Wind : Southeast
Nebraska Department of Roads talks about storm preps
Once this storm picks up, nearly the entire state will be affected; creating tough, if not dangerous driving conditions across Nebraska.
With the latest on road conditions, Mary Jo Oie from the Nebraska Department of Roads spoke with News 5.
Amy West: Good morning Mary Jo. Thanks for getting up with us. What kind of preparation does the state take for an expected snow storm of this magnitude?
Mary Jo Oie: Yep, that's right. Apparently, you folks have picked up a few inches already in the Hastings area and you guys are expecting to get a lot more snow coming up from the south of you. We're also expecting to get a lot of snow here in Lincoln by noon. Everybody's expecting anywhere from 6 to 14 inches and our plows have been out since yesterday either spreading materials or in your area shoveling some snow.
Chris Schukei: We've seen them out on 281 working as well. What are the plans through today? As far as the interstate goes is that a Nebraska Department of Roads call on whether to close it or is that State Patrol or a group effort?
Mary Jo: Well, first of all, it's a Department of Roads call. The Department of Roads is planning on keeping all the roads open. That's what we really try hard to do. So with all the cancellations that are going on that should make it easier for our crews to get out there, clean everything up, and then make sure things stay open for people for when they have to get out. It is going to be slippery out there and I hope people heed the warnings to stay off the roads until the snow is cleared and the roads are cleared.
Amy: Those people that have to get out throughout the day. Where can they go for the latest on road conditions?
Mary Jo: We're here to tell you about the 511 travel information which you can get by dialing it on any phone - cell or landline - or you can get on the NDOR website or the 511 website and get all the latest road conditions and up to date weather reports.
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