Heartland Faces Rough Winter Driving Conditions

Drivers that braved the snow covered roads Sunday told WOWT 6 News they were manageable, but still caused a few problems. Dozens of plows were spotted throughout the city removing snow from roads and treating them to prevent icing. This is the first true test of winter driving the heartland has seen for the upcoming winter.

Many people told WOWT 6 News they were surprised that the snow seemed to linger all day and that nearly three inches fell. “I thought it would stop this morning my mom thought it’d be done and its not but that’s okay cause it’s Nebraska,” said Valesa Sparks. “It’s been kind of slippery – but I haven’t gotten stuck or anything yet,” she continued.

The slickness did cause problems though, accidents popped up across the metro. One occurred on the Blondo Street Bridge over Interstate 680. Four people were sent to various hospitals. A child, who was celebrating their 6th birthday, was ejected from one vehicle involved. All are expected to survive.

WOWT 6 News found another problem area with the snow was neighborhoods. John Gentle spent the afternoon clearing snow with a snow blower from driveways and sidewalks near his sister’s Dundee home. “People fall down once it ices, then it’s a problem if you don’t get rid of it, and it stays cold,” Gentle said. “This hill right behind us is slick you can tell that can get iced over pretty easy.”

Most drivers across the heartland agreed, neighborhoods were the problem spots, and interstates were much easier to navigate. Matt Saniuk said, “{I noticed} a big difference that’s where the 4 wheel drive definitely comes in handy.”

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