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Slick conditions cover city roads

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By: Bill Schammert

Possibly the only thing worse than the weather causing havoc all across Nebraska, are the driving conditions.  Many drivers say they weren't ready for a blast of winter driving.

"I have anti-lock-breaks and I can tell it's getting slick," Jeremiah Deubelbeiss said. "I already slid around a few corners."

It's the first punch of winter the area has seen in more than 300 days.  Not surprisingly, many seem to have forgotten their winter driving skills.

"I don't think people were ready for it because it was so nice yesterday," Mary Landholm said.

After spending much of the day getting ready, more than 80 plows and sanders were out on Wednesday night.  The main focus will be to clear those arterial roads.

"If you can get off the snow emergencies, the other arterials, the bus routes, it would be an extreme help," public works district manager, Roger Tiedeman, cautioned.

It's a task they've been ready and waiting for, said Tiedeman. Historically, the first major storm hits around December 10th.

The city of Lincoln has issued a snow emergency.  Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, a residential parking ban will begin.  This means you will not be able to park on the even side of the street until the mayor declares the ban is over. 

While the ban is in effect, free overnight parking will be offered at the Center Park Garage and all city parks.


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