The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Panhandle and parts of west-central Nebraska. The Omaha and Lincoln areas have experienced a mixture of freezing rain and sleet, making travel difficult.
Lt. Colonel Thomas Schwarten with the Nebraska State Patrol says Nebraska drivers will be getting acclimated once again to winter driving.
“Be prepared. Make sure you have equipment with you. Make sure your cell phone is charged in the case of an emergency so you have it available,” Schwarten tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Schwarten advises drivers to increase their following distances with other cars and decrease their speeds.
The weather service forecasts snow and blowing snow in the west; mixed freezing rain and sleet in the rest of the state, changing into snow.
It should be mostly clear throughout Nebraska tomorrow.
Schwarten says this is the first winter weather some Nebraskans will experience, but only for some Nebraska drivers, pointing out a deep snow blanketed the upper regions of the Panhandle in early Ocrtober.
“We had a winter storm earlier in October out in the western part of the state and, this is the first one in the eastern part of the state that they have been projecting,” Schwarten says.
Schwarten says drivers need to prepare for winter weather driving and prepare for changing weather.
“Temperatures and weather patterns change quickly in Nebraska if a front moves through and people need to be prepared for that, because they may be driving in rain for a few miles and the all of the sudden maybe the temperature goes down a little bit and they’re driving on ice,” Schwarten says. “The key is watch what we’re doing as we drive and be aware of our surroundings at all times.”
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