Second round of snow strikes Omaha Tuesday afternoon


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - For the second time this week, crews were busy clearing snow from roads, but it hasn't always been smooth sailing.

According to Jim Laughlin, the highway maintenance superintendent for the Nebraska Department of Transportation, his office has received feedback from concerned drivers. Those concerns centered around one question: Why were some roads in bad shape Monday?

"That snow was coming down hard and fast," said Laughlin. "What some people don't realize is that our plows were stuck in traffic just like a lot of people were."

NDOT also said Monday it takes time to clear all that snow. It can't get rid of it all at once.

"I've went over an area and that area is clean, then I'll come back a half hour later and there's snow everywhere," said Jay Partch, a plow driver.

Because of the double dump Monday and Tuesday, NDOT workers are pulling 12 hour shifts and a worker told us it likely won't be the last time they do that this season. When the next storm strikes, NDOT says it will have about 40 drivers and 40 trucks ready to go just like this time around with thousands of tons of salt ready to use. With the weather as cold as it was Tuesday, crews also had to lay down beet juice in addition to salt to keep road conditions respectable.

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