Scottsbluff road crews get ready for upcoming winter storm

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - Scottsbluff road crews are gearing up for the first snow storm of the season this week.

road crews prepare for upcoming storm (Source KNEP)

According to Jordan Diedrich with the city’s transportation department, they order all of their supplies at the end of last season for the following season. For the most part, they have enough supplies to get through the season. Last season’s late storm forced them to have to make some additional orders.

For this week’s storm and any storm, they inspect each truck and all the equipment a couple days prior to the storm coming. On the day before they will work out a preliminary plan.

They work on treating the roads with ice slicers so that no one is sliding through intersections. They will also start by focusing on highly traveled areas.

Diedrich states that with an early storm like this, they won’t have to completely pack up their construction projects for the season. They are mostly done with their projects for the year aside from a few repairs to curbs and flatwork on Beltline. A storm like this will likely just temporarily postpone the work.

According to NBC Nebraska metorologists, the average first snowfall is 1.5” and is usually seen around October 22nd. The earliest snow fall recorded was on September 11th, 1974 with the heaviest snow total hitting 7.4” on November 2nd, 1998.

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