December 1, 2015

Update: Interstate 80 is open to traffic

Nebraska Department of Roads highway camera shot of I-80 at Sidney

Nebraska Department of Roads highway camera shot of I-80 at Sidney

Update:  2:20 pm CDT:  I-80 in Nebraska, both eastbound and westbound, is OPEN in its entirety, according to the State of Nebraska Department of Roads.

Interstate 80, closed in western Nebraska, could re-open as early as this afternoon.

The Nebraska Department of Roads reports I-80 has been completely closed from Big Springs to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The westbound lanes of I-80 have been closed from Kearney to Cheyenne.

Nebraska Department of Roads spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie says snow and high winds created poor visibility throughout the Panhandle on Tuesday.

“Snow was blowing at gusts of wind from around 30 mph and higher. Also, there was freezing rain coming down before the snow, then the snow was blowing and drifting,” Oie tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So the road conditions were very much like a mean winter storm.”

Oie says road crews and the Nebraska State Patrol spent much of the day clearing stranded vehicles from roadways. Both the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Patrol advise against travel in western Nebraska today.

Oie says road crews hope to have the interstate cleared for travel later today.

“We’re shooting for this afternoon that we’ll have good news,” Oie says. “But it will still be very cautious traveling whenever we do get this open.”

Road crews have been able to clear Highway 385 from Alliance to Chadron, re-opening it. Work continues to re-open Highway 71 between Kimball and Gering as well as Highways 30 and 88 in the Panhandle.

Click here for NDOR road conditions report.

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