It is shaping up to be a good weekend to stay home for those who live in the eastern third of the state. Bitter cold temperatures and snow is on the way.
Mike Dowling is with Ace Hardware in Omaha and says whenever snow is in the forecast they are busy. Their biggest selling item is salt or ice melt for slick sidewalks and driveways. He says many people don’t realize that product can damage concrete.
Dowling says, “If it is newer you don’t want to put too much salt on it or any salt on it. You will want to stick with a sand based product. As far as the salt portions, the biggest thing is not putting too much down. Believe it or not, too much will harm it more than anything. You will want to stay with light moderation amounts.” He adds too much salt products can also harm the grass near the sidewalk and other vegetation.
When snow is in the forecast, Dowling says ice melt, salt and sand are his top sellers. He also sees a rush on snow shovels. That is followed by snow blowers.
Those heading out to clear the walks and driveway this weekend will want to bundle up. The forecast for parts of eastern Nebraska calls for a wintry mix Thursday morning but warming into the mid-30’s later in the day. Snowfall will start during the afternoon hours on Friday and blowing snow could be an issue for travelers. Temperatures will hit the mid-20’s on Friday but fall later in the day. The low Friday night will be zero. Saturday’s high will reach 10 degrees. Sunday’s high is only 3 degrees.