Interstate 80 will reopen.
At least, I-80 will for nearly all of Nebraska be open.
The Nebraska Department of Roads reports that I-80 will open at Lincoln Exit 395, westbound. Eastbound lanes from Kearney into Lincoln also will reopen.
Westbound I-80 at Kearney is open. I-80 westbound to the Colorado and Wyoming borders has been opened as well.
Some parts of the interstate remain difficult to travel. I-80 eastbound from Kimball to Utica remains closed. Eastbound I-80 from Utica to Omaha is open. The westbound lanes between Lincoln and Utica remain closed.
I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha remained open throughout the snowstorm, though portions are snow packed and icy.
Department of Roads spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie says as the traffic wrecks began to pile up, state officials moved to close down the interstate.
“As of yesterday afternoon about 5:30pm, when the weather was moving from the west to the east, there were some motor vehicle crashes and that caused the first closings,” according to Oie.
Closures began at 5:30pm on Wednesday. Soon, the winter snowstorm grew more and more intense, making travel on the interstate impossible.
“The conditions started to get really bad, and then visibility was zero and so they started closing it across; clear into the Grand Island area and then about Utica,” Oie says.
Motorists are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest weather and road conditions by using 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Travelers Information System.
511 should be accessed via phone by calling 511 or 800-906-9069 from any cell phone or landline or through the website. Travelers may also access the webcams and weather forecasts from ndortraveler.mobi ndortraveler.mob, which is viewable on any mobile device or PC.