Airports and City Crews Prepare for Snow

Crews at Eppley Airfield tell WOWT Six News they're ready for the storm. It's all about preparing and pre-treating.

"I have seen one inch cause a problem, I have seen 12 inches cause a problem but not as severe as one inch," said Tim Schmitt, Airport Authority Operations Manager.

Over the next day, the Metro is expected to get between four and six inches of snow. For airports, that means checking their two main radar displays.

"We take the two forecast and compare them and as the storm approaches they start coming in line. And then we can start using that to base our decisions on staffing, and equipment uses during the storm," said Schmitt.

It also means breaking out the big boys, a.k.a the runway snow removal machines.

A fleet of five gigantic snow brooms and plows can clear a 9500 foot runway in just 15 minutes.

Airport crews said they are ready to work twelve hour shifts to get through the storm, and so too are Omaha city workers tackling the roads.

Ten crews are out on the roads Monday night laying down brine. They are trying to get to all the primary and secondary roads before the first snow flake hits.


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