A snowstorm has dumped more than a foot of snow on portions of western Nebraska and several inches of snow in the south-central and northeastern portions of the state.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for western and north-central Nebraska. Snow is expected to continue into the evening hours. The area of greatest concern is generally along and north of Highway 2, according to NWS.
Strong northwesterly winds could cause considerable snowdrifts and reduce visibility, making travel extremely difficult.
Alliance reports 14 to 16 inches of snow already with Scottsbluff under nine to 12 inches of snow.
The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for portions of south-central Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Patrol urges motorists to use extra caution in this snowstorm, stating the storm is making travel difficult, even dangerous in some portions of the state.
“This storm is creating hazardous driving conditions, and travel is not recommended in the Scottsbluff area,” Captain Jamey Balthazor, Commander of Nebraska State Patrol Troop E-Scottsbluff, said in a written statement released by the patrol.
The Nebraska State Patrol issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme weather conditions:
· Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when necessary. Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.
· If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
· Let others know when you are going, when you will arrive, and what route you are taking.
· If you do become stranded while traveling, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.
· If your vehicle does become stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.
· Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach it to the outside to signal you are in trouble.
Check on road conditions in Nebraska by clicking here for the 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System website.
Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by punching *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline, and report emergencies to 911.