The Nebraska Department of Roads is spending Friday getting their equipment ready. Tony Tschirren, who oversees Knox and Antelope County, along with portions of Boone, Madison and Pierce counties, said workers are putting wings on the snowplows in preparation for the storm.
Up to 5 inches of snow is expected to fall in Knox County on Saturday, and state workers have been busy preparing for the storm.
A winter weather advisory for snow has been issued across the area. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an alert Saturday from 6 a.m. until midnight. Besides Knox County, the storm is expected to hit area counties of Antelope, Cedar, Pierce, Boone and Madison. 2-5 inches of snow is expected.
The Nebraska Department of Roads spent Friday getting their equipment ready. Superintendent Tony Tschirren, who oversees Knox and Antelope County, along with portions of Boone, Madison and Pierce counties, said workers are putting wings on the snowplows in preparation for the storm.
Tschirren said plows are generally dispatched at 4:30 a.m. and run until 7 p.m., depending on traffic and activities. He reminded motorists to use 511 for updated road conditions. 511 is available by phone or online.
The Nebraska Department of Roads now has a smartphone app showing road condition updates, as well as cameras with video from highway intersections across the state.
Tschirren said the local conditions are updated on 511 as soon as they change to ensure motorists have the most up-to-date information available to them. He also reminded motorists to drive with their lights on and to wear seat belts.
According to the NWS, snow is expected to develop over the area Saturday morning as early as 6 a.m., but especially by 9 or 10 a.m. The snow will increase in the afternoon and then taper off or end Saturday evening. Two to four inches of accumulation is expected.
The NWS said visibility will be less than 1 mile in the steadier snow and roads could become snow packed and slick.