Winter storm travel on highways

By: Cole Miller

“It's clear. Today is going to be our first major winter storm,” Governor Dave Heineman said Wednesday.

It's been a long time since we've seen these types of conditions. In fact, it's been more than 300 days!

“All of us have forgotten what it's like to travel,” Heineman said. “Every year this is a challenge.”

In a very timely news conference Wednesday morning, Heineman met with 3 major agencies to discuss winter storm preparations. If you're traveling on highways keep an eye out for those snow plows. To our west, many roads are already blanketed with snow. 

“Snow plows are operated around the clock on the states most heavily traveled roadways,” Randy Peters with the Nebraska Department of Roads said. “Our response is based on actual condition at the time it snows.”

Peters says with more than 600 plows across the state, they're ready to go. He says they plow driving lanes and intersections first, passing and shoulder lanes come next.

Peters urges drivers to keep supplies like blankets, water and a flashlight in your car. Also, keep your windshield and headlights clear of snow.

And simply slow down and give yourself plenty of extra room.

“Citizens are the key to helping keep our roads safe,” Nebraska State Patrol Colonel David Sankey said. “Taking the time now to make sure you're prepared, could save you time, money and even your life in the event of an extreme weather event.”

Perhaps the most important piece of advice urged by officials is that if you don't have to be out on the roads, stay home. Blizzard-like conditions are expected