February 13, 2016

Snow day and sledding in Nebraska

School is cancelled for a second day in many parts of the state after Tuesday’s snowstorm and blizzard. Erin Bock of Omaha is making good use of the free day and the snow and took her children sledding this morning at Memorial Park.

Bock says, “We spent yesterday keeping it pretty low-key. It was time to get off the video games and screen time and get out and get some exercise.”

Bock is hoping a good morning workout leads to an afternoon nap for her children.

Still hazardous driving conditions; I-80 in Nebraska still closed

I-80 closed in Nebraska from Lincoln to North Platte

whiteoutInterstate 80, from Lincoln to North Platte, is closed.

The Nebraska Department of Roads closed the interstate due to the heavy snowfall and high winds of the winter storm that is still making its way through Nebraska.

NDOR says road crews continue to plow snow in southwest and south-central Nebraska in an effort to keep roads open. Snow plows have been taken off of northeast Nebrasaka in the Nofolk area due to poor visibiity. Travel remains difficult. Both NDOR and the Nebraska State Patrol discourage traveling due to drifting snow and severely reduced visibility.

For current road conditions, click HERE for the NDOR road conditions report.


Travel not advised, roads closed, Nebraska pulls snow plows

SnowPlowOmahaRoads throughout Nebraska are snow-covered with both the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Department of Roads advising motorists not to travel today.

NDOR pulled its snowplows off of state highways in District Three, Norfolk due to extremely low visibility. NDOR says blowing and drifting snow is making the roads impassable. The roads department calls this a life-threatening snow and states flatly that travel is not advised.

For current road conditions click HERE for the NDOR road condition report.

The road report indicates all roads in the state are snow covered with the exception of extreme northern Nebraska and extreme southeastern Nebraska, where the roads are partially covered.

Interstate 80 from Elm Creek to just west of Lincoln remains closed, about a 140 mile stretch. I-76 in extreme western Nebraska is closed.

Southwest Nebraska got hit hard by this winter storm. NDOR reports the closings of NE 27, NE 61, US 83, US 6, and US 283. In northeast Nebraska, NE 32 is closed.

The National Weather Service reports varying amounts of snow. Callaway, in central Nebraska, got 15 inches of snow with Elwood, to its south, receiving 13 ½ inches. Grand Island got about 15 inches of snow. More than 12 inches of snow fell on North Platte. Imperial received a little over 10 inches of snow with both Axtell and Holdrege getting 10.

The path of the storm went from the southwestern part of the state through the northeastern part. In Lincoln, snow totals vary from six to 6 ½ inches, with nearby Seward getting nine inches of snow. Omaha reports four to six inches of snow.

Omaha Fire Department taking extra steps to respond during the storm

The Omaha Fire Department has taken steps to make sure they can respond to all emergencies during this winter storm. Chief Bernie Kanger says all trucks and medic units are equipped with chains but it may take them a bit longer to arrive to calls.  He says there is one thing the public can do to help.

Kanger says, “We would ask that residents dig out their fire hydrants. As the snow piles up it has a tendency to bury the hydrants.  It certainly helps us in the event of an emergency.”

This is good advice for everyone in the state that has a fire hydrant located on their property.   Omaha’s Public Works department continues with their snow removal plan.  They are using an additional eleven large snow plows from the Parks Department to help clear the city’s main streets.