Nebraska State Patrol Capt. Paul Hattan warns when the weather is questionable, don't travel unless it's an absolute emergency.
NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV/US92) -
Law enforcers, in northeast Nebraska, know this snow storm could be serious. So, they're preparing for winter's worst and asking drivers to do the same.
Captain Paul Hattan of the Nebraska State Patrol is emphasizing that people need to monitor the local forecast. He said when the weather is questionable, don't travel unless it's an absolute emergency. When you do travel make sure your seat belt is fastened.
Other tips he offered include making sure you have a winter travel kit in the vehicle and that your cell phone is fully charged.
If you have to go out, Hattan recommends driving on well traveled roads. Make sure you tell someone when you leave, what route you are taking, and when you plan to arrive at your destination.
And, if you get stranded, Hattan said, "We recommend that you have a red scarf or a towel to tie on your antenna. So people know it's a signal that you may be stranded and that you need assistance. Stay in your vehicle. With the frigid temperatures, please don't try to venture out on your own."
Hattan also recommends starting your car once per hour if you get stranded. Crack your window a little and clear the exhaust system of snow and debris.
When it comes to cars sliding off the road, Hattan said the biggest factor is speed. If you do spin out of control, the first step is to let off the accelerator.
"Start to turn your vehicle's wheels into the way you are spinning and hopefully you can ride it out and with the slow speed it doesn't turn into something severe like a rollover," said Capt. Paul Hattan.
Besides the Nebraska State Patrol, both City and State Roads crews spent Wednesday getting their plows and other snow equipment ready.
An official with the Department of Roads said they'll have about 15 pieces of equipment ready to go out early Thursday morning depending on overnight snowfall.
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