By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – Snow plow drivers traveled up and down 72nd to keep one of Omaha's busiest streets clear Thursday. They didn't have too much trouble working during rush hour because many businesses staggered the times they let their employees go home.
The problem was that there were traffic jams throughout the day.
A vehicle that usually helps people commute did not finish its own commute Thursday evening. The Metro bus skid off the street near 60th and Dodge then got stuck near a streetlight.
Many drivers braved the icy streets in the daytime and at night.
"I'm just going to take my time and drive carefully," said Joseph Bonacci.
Bonacci put air in his tires before heading to work. He had to drive from 50th and Dodge to the Trader Joe's near 120th and Pacific streets.
"I heard that if they're properly inflated you get a little better traction in the snow."
City officials preferred people do not drive.
There were snowstorm warning signs on Interstate 29 and Interstate 80.
"It's difficult—not that easy," said Rassam Alamry, who had to drive his friend to the west side. "I have to drive careful, because if you don't drive slow the car is going to move. But when you drive fast you can't control the cars."
Omaha Police Department stopped recording accidents. They advised drivers to call 911 about injury accidents or damaged cars blocking traffic.
"I started honking so the other drivers wouldn't come across and side swap me," said Maria Vera.
OPD said they had 20 personal injury and property damage calls since 1 p.m.
All over the city cars were towed, scraped and shoveled out—hectic hazards Bonacci hoped to avoid while driving to work.
"Yeah I'm pretty worried about the drive home. But we'll see. We'll see. I know I have a friend that has a four-wheel drive that's going to be at work so."
The City of Omaha will declare a snow emergency Friday at midnight.
During this time, vehicles parked east of 72nd Street must comply with the odd/even parking plan. Parking is permitted on the odd side of the street on odd-numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even-numbered calendar days.
"No Parking" signs with arrows must be obeyed at all times, but if signs read "No Parking This Side of Block" vehicles may be parked there in accordance with the odd/even rules. Marked snow emergency routes must be kept completely clear of parked vehicles.
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