This one came without warning.
Unlike the previous, much-hyped snowstorms that veered to the south, this early March storm hit Nebraska head-on, where it didn’t dump considerable amounts of snowfall, it made traveling hazardous with high, swirling winds that greatly decreased visibility.
This storm hit south-central and southeastern Nebraska hard.
The Nebraska Department of Roads closed Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Grand Island for much of Sunday, re-opening the interstate at around 9pm. It caused numerous accidents.
The National Weather Service reports 6-to-10 inches of snow in eastern Nebraska, as much as 7 inches falling on Lincoln. Fremont measured about 9 inches of snow. Northern winds came with the snow at about 25-to-35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. The NWS reports Hastings measure a wind gust of 54 mph.
The Nebraska State Patrol reported one fatality due to the conditions, early Sunday morning on Nebraska 43 near Bennet. 22-year-old Justin Muhm of Sterling lost control of his car on slick pavement while driving south on 43, spun into the path of a northbound van, that drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Muhm was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The driver of the van was uninjured.
Police dispatchers took numerous calls about vehicles in the ditch. At least three tractor-trailers jack-knifed on Highway 2 between Syracuse and Lincoln. Traffic stopped on westbound Highway 2 at Palmyra for about half an hour while emergency responders cleared the highway of a wreck. Low visibility made travel treacherous.
Shelters have been opened by the American Red Cross at Seward, Geneva, Hebron and York.
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