A brutal spring snowstorm swept through the Panhandle, claiming one life, closing highways and paralyzing western Nebraska.
The storm dumped between eight and 12 inches of snow on extreme western and northwestern Nebraska.
A western Nebraska woman who abandoned her vehicle during the snowstorm has been found dead in a field off Highway 385. Her son, who left their home looking for her, has been found alive.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports three area residents on snowmobiles searching for 37-year-old Lisa Conrad of Berea found her body in a field about a half mile west of Highway 385 off of Johnson Road at about 5:40pm (MDT). The three found 19-year-old Brandon Conrad, Jr. in an abandoned farmhouse approximately 2 ½ miles west of Highway 385 on Johnson Road. Conrad was taken to the Box Butte General Hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia and frostbite.
Interstate 80 has been closed between Ogallala and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The Nebraska Department of Roads closed I-80 between Big Springs and the Wyoming state line. NDOR closed I-80 between Ogallala and Big Springs at the request of the Colorado Department of Transportation. The sliver of I-76 that comes into Nebraska and connects with I-80 has also been closed. I-76 is closed between Sterling, Colorado and I-80.
The snowstorm closed several other highways in the Panhandle, including Highway 71 from Kimball to Gering as well as Highways 30 and 88. Highway 385 between Alliance and Chadron has been closed due to the storm.
Nebraska Department of Roads officials advise against any travel in the Panhandle at this time.
You can call 511 or 800-906-9069 and follow the prompts or go to the website 511.nebraska.gov and use the icons on the left sidebar to click layers on/off. Also, information is available through your PC or your smart phone by using ndortraveler.
NWS Nebraska-specific WEATHER: crh.noaa.gov/oax/kiosk.php.