Rain Before Snow, City of Omaha Not Pretreating Streets

Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - The salt and chemicals you typically see on city roads before the arrival of snow won't be around Wednesday night.

The Omaha area is expected by weathercasters to get anywhere from one to three inches, but not before rain and a wintry mix strike first. With that in the forecast, city maintenance crews aren't pretreating the streets out of concern the rain would wash away any salt they lay down.

"We do not want to put material down when it's not necessary or when it's going to be wasted," said Scott McIntyre, the city's street maintenance engineer. "We don't want to spend money unnecessarily if there's no benefit."

The city told FOX 42 News Wednesday it usually decides whether to pretreat or not pretreat roads about 12 to 24 hours before a storm begins rolling through.

Thursday's temperature is expected to top out in the mid-forties, so it should be high enough to melt most of the ice by the middle part of the day.