Interstate 80 has re-opened in Nebraska.
Officials with the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Patrol shut down a portion of I-80 west of Lincoln when slick conditions cause multiple accidents. The westbound lanes of I-80 closed Friday afternoon from just west of Lincoln to Waco. The eastbound lanes closed from York to Seward.
Winter weather tore through the state beginning Thursday evening. Rain turned to freezing rain, turned to sleet, and finally to snow, making travel hazardous throughout Nebraska.
The conditions caused a number of accidents. State officials shut down a portion of the interstate west of Lincoln early Friday afternoon while emergency crews cleaned up the mess. The interstate re-opened about four hours later.
The National Weather Service says this is a rapidly moving system which has mostly blown through the state. Thought temperatures won’t be as warm as they were this week, they are expected to quickly rebound into the 40s this weekend and into the 50s next week.
Travel remains treacherous in parts of the state.
The Nebraska State Patrol reminds drivers to maintain safe following distances, wear seat belts, and watch for quickly changing road conditions, including closed roads.
Weather continues to impact driving in Nebraska.
For updates on driving conditions, go to the Nebraska Department of Roads website 511.nebraska.gov. If you click here, you will be directed to that website.