Nebraska received the first of the season winter storm that is making travel very difficult for those in western, central and northern parts of the state. David Eastlack is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha and says wind driven snow is creating problems.
Eastlack says, “The main hazard that is going on now is in northeast Nebraska. The snowfall has decreased in intensity a little bit but the biggest concern is blowing snow with reduced visibilities and we are getting a number of reports from the State Patrol on road closings and accidents and such. The conditions in northeast Nebraska are very dangerous.”
The Nebraska Department of Roads is reporting that US 81 and Nebraska Highway 98 are blocked or closed completely.
Eastlack says the wind is causing problems in eastern Nebraska. A wind advisory is in effect and winds are gusting up to 50 mph. That is making travel difficult for those in high profile vehicles. The wind is out of the northwest and coming perpendicular to vehicles and that should be a concern for travelers on I-80.
Photo: Courtesy of the Nebraska Department of Roads