Frigid Weather Grips Metro

By: Jill Gilardi Email
By: Jill Gilardi Email

Frigid weather is tightening its grip on the metro and we’re headed into some dangerous wind chills.

Terry Swanger of Omaha was wrestling with the cold Wednesday morning and he told us, “I would be happier with the 90 degree weather again."

Elevated surfaces caught most of the ice, though some paved surfaces were also slick Wednesday morning.

Robert Phillips was putting down Ice Melt as he told us, “I woke up this morning and almost broke my neck and thought I better go get some."

Falls were common. Local emergency rooms reported approximately 30 injuries due to falls on slippery surfaces Wednesday. Those injuries included ankle fractures and head injuries.

If you need to pick up some Ice Melt, there are several kinds to choose from. What you’ll want to choose will depend on how cold it gets.

Tim Benesch, General Manager for Westlake Hardware showed us a, “kind of general rock salt. It works down to five degrees but actually will melt at a lower temperature and with the calcium chlorate right on the end that's probably our best seller. And that actually melts down to a minus 15."

During the winter months it's a good idea to prepare an emergency kit to have in your vehicle. Include jumper cables for the battery, flash lights and extra washer fluid.

A lock de-icer is also a good idea. That will get you into your car if the lock freezes.

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