Winter weather cause headaches for some drivers

Posted By: Veronica Ortega

Even with careful preparation by the city of Lincoln the commute out on the roads Tuesday morning proved to be difficult for some both in the city and on the interstate.

"The main streets are just really slushy and on the side streets it’s still like dry packed snow," says Amy Dashman.

100 city and contracted vehicles have been plowing the streets all day. Fewer cars on the city roads meant only five car accidents were reported before noon, but the highways were a different story.

Grand Island had over a foot of snow and visibility was low because gusty winds blew the snow around. Highway 77 and I-80 was snow packed and travel slow.

"You definitely couldn’t tell what side of the road you were on or even the center of the road," says Devin Schell.

In Lincoln, the Mayor announced a residential parking ban starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Parking is banned on even numbered sides of all residential streets. Once they clear that out it will switch to the other side. 

Despite the weather some people braved the snow to walk their dogs, but slick roads still made them uneasy.

"I actually have to go to work, hopefully, if I can get out," says Lincoln resident Jim Anderson.

City officials are urging drivers to use caution, drive slowly, and if you don’t have to go out stay home.

"I think for the most part people got a good warning. They knew it was coming so hopefully they prepared, but for us no it won’t affect us, we’re just going to have a snow day at home," says Amy Dashman.

The snow emergency parking ban is still in effect. That means don’t park on emergency snow routes, bus routes, and major roads.