Interstate 80 has re-opened.
The Nebraska Department of Roads announced that the interstate has been re-opened for traffic, both eastbound and westbound in its entirety. The department, though, still cautions travelers road conditions remain slick with patches that are snowpacked.
The department closed I-80 from Big Springs to Cheyenne, Wyoming in wake of the spring snowstorm that hit the Panhandle. It then closed the westbound lanes of I-80 from Kearney to Cheyenne.
Nebraska Department of Roads spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie says snow and high winds created poor visibility throughout the Panhandle on Tuesday.
“Snow was blowing at gusts of wind from around 30 mph and higher. Also, there was freezing rain coming down before the snow, then the snow was blowing and drifting,” Oie tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So the road conditions were very much like a mean winter storm.”
Oie says road crews and the Nebraska State Patrol spent much of the day clearing stranded vehicles from roadways.
Though I-80 has been re-opened, both the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Patrol advise against travel in western Nebraska today.