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Old 11-19-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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Thanks for the comparison. We did a little studying and found that it's going to be a lot easier than it was in Milwaukee. Milwaukee gets twice as much + it never melts so they depth and the pack only grows. In Omaha it keeps melting between snows so it not nearly as bad. That's a good thing cuz i drove in the Milwaukee snow and even tho i never got into an accident, it was not fun.
Well, the cables are hard to see since they are just 1/4" wide cables that are mainly on the bottom of the tire, they are not chains which are much bigger and can look nuts. The nice things about the cables is that you can put them on yourself in 15 minutes and remove them in just 5, so you put them on & remove them as needed throughout the winter. They don't stay on all winter long, just on days you need them. They'd be okay to use if you don't need to go on the FWY since you can't drive more than 35 mph on them. I'm glad it's an option, that's all.
If you moved here from Milwaukee, you're going to think you moved to the Cayman Islands. Milwaukee sucks, except for their beer.

Don't worry about tire chains, studs, and all that crap. Just have a good set of tires on your car, and drive like you know how to drive. Unless your house is tucked away in some little cul de suck, your street will be plowed within 24 hours of the end of any storm.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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my tip for driving in snow in Omaha is "think ahead" of where you want to go ,and at all costs avoid routes that have lights or stop signs with hills . front wheel drive will be big help as will good snow tires .
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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Thank you. Just that i already have the snow cables, 2 sets, 1 for each car so that's a nobrainer and nothing out of the wallet if i can use them. The tires are expensive but a small price to pay if it keeps you from an accident i suppose.
Don't worry about getting much snow in Omaha. It is pretty much the Sunbelt compared to Wisconsin. Latitude is further south and a greater amount of daylight in the afternoon due to the position with the Central Time Zone. Omaha DOES NOT do as good a job of plowing as most of Wisconsin so some side roads will stay snow/ice covered if temperatures get frigid.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:28 PM
 
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I remember trying to go east up the hill at California/40th once and sliding backwards down the hill 3 or 4 blocks. Good thing nobody tried to go behind me. Yea, just be aware of spots like that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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I remember trying to go east up the hill at California/40th once and sliding backwards down the hill 3 or 4 blocks. Good thing nobody tried to go behind me. Yea, just be aware of spots like that.
Ya, likely an icy road setup. My Subaru would probably have difficulty in that situation as well and it is a superior winter car compared to most.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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My experience is that Minneapolis does a better job of snow removal than Omaha. Part of it is all the hills in Omaha. Part of it is that Mpls is BRUTAL about getting people's vehicles off the streets. Up here, if you are parked where you shouldn't be, you WILL be towed. THEN the snow plows come in and plow the streets right to the curb.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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Omaha don't get much snow ?? where were you when the blizzards hit and nobody was able to go anywhere . what one has to remember is that Omaha's weather goes in cycles . way back in early 50s we had terrible winters for snow . i
when we got studded tires i bought another rim and mounted my stud on wheels for heavy snow . only took me ten to fifteen minutes to change both wheels . to make it easier for me i carried a floor jack in trunk for just that purpose .
talk about sliding . in 1964 i moved to Millard and that is when we had bad snows . i was driving a big Buick station wagon and driving home on I-80 by 84th st . was solid ice . wind blowing from the North blew me into the median . no snow or studded tires that time . my mother in law drove home to MIllard from Omaha on solid ice . got as far as 132nd and slid into a ditch by the gas station . my brother in law and i drove out to her , hooked up a chain ,car in park and slid her to my house on old Elm street(one block South of 144th). so i would not call Omahas snows "not bad" .the ice storms that hit around Christmas are another story .
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