Two western Nebraska residents remain missing in the snowstorm that has created near-blizzard conditions in the Panhandle.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports that two Berea residents have been reported missing after one abandoned the family car on Highway 385 near the village of Berea in Box Butte County.
The patrol reports that 37-year-old Lisa Conrad was last heard from at about 12:30am Tuesday when she made a call to her husband. He said she told him she had left the car and was walking toward their home in Berea. She indicated that their son, 19-year-old Brandon Jr., was walking from the residence to meet her.
Rescue crews found Conrad’s vehicle abandoned mid-morning about a mile south of Berea on Highway 385. A search of the area by foot and using four-wheel-drive vehicles failed to find the two.
Both remain missing.
The patrol encourages anyone who may have had contact with the two or knows of their whereabouts is asked to contact the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E Headquarters at (308) 632-1211.
“This is a very dangerous storm,” said Captain Mike Gaudreault, Commander Troop E- Scottsbluff said in a written statement released by NSP. “The heavy snow, coupled with blowing and drifting is making travel treacherous and not advised.”
The National Weather Service office in North Platte reports heavy snow in far western Nebraska, icy conditions in other parts of the Panhandle, with strong winds throughout.
The storm has hit the cities of Chadron, Rushville, Oshkosh, North Platte, Valentine and O’Neill among others.
Travelers headed west are encouraged to re-evaluate travel plans and to keep up on the latest weather and road condition reports by using 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System at 511.nebraska.gov, the 511 Mobile Traveler Site at ndortraveler.mobi or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069) from any landline or cellular phone for information.