Snow began to fall Thursday afternoon in western Nebraska, and continued to fall into the night. Warmth from the ground caused extreme slush, while six inches of snow in many areas turned into impassable drifts as winds exceeded 45 miles per hour.
Keith County Emergency Manager Pete Peterson said emergency shelters were set up in Paxton and Ogallala as area roads shut down.
Numerous motorists were stranded for hours while the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Roads, Keith County Roads Department, Keith County Sheriff’s Department, and others handled numerous accidents that were blocking roadways.
Peterson said there were no injuries or medical emergencies reported in any of the events. Interstate 80 between North Platte and Sidney shut down Thursday night and remained closed as of Friday morning.
Roads departments in southwest Nebraska are discouraging travel of any kind until roads become passable. Only brief power outages have been reported in various locations, but power appears to be restored to all areas.
Josh Mackey, KOGA, Ogallala