Heavy, wet snow has brought down power lines in Nebraska, cutting off power to some residences and businesses. Travel is becoming increasingly difficult in portions of the state hit hardest by the blizzard.
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Bryan Tuma says power has been holding up for most Nebraskans.
“So, we are monitoring some power outages at various locations across the state; hard to get a real solid number on that, but it would appear that we have somewhere around 55-hundred customers that might be without power, maybe upwards of about 1.2% of the electrical grid impacted by those outages,” Tuma tells reporters during a conference call this morning.
Tuma says fuel supplies should hold up since the storm is expected to leave the state tonight and shipments can resume on Tuesday.
High winds have reduced visibility greatly in some areas of the state.
Tom Sands with the Nebraska Department of Transportation says snow plows have had to get off Highways 20, 183, and 92 in the Broken Bow area, because drivers couldn’t see well enough to plow the roads.
Sands says deteriorating visibility is forcing snow plows off the road in other areas of the state.
“As visibility goes to zero, the trucks will pull off into truck stops or off onto the side where they’re safe until they are able to see again and then they get back out and start hitting it,” Sands says.
Rest areas in western Nebraska closed after the winter storm entered the state.
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent John Bolduc says troopers have been coming to the aid of stranded motorists stuck north of Grand Island.
“Wind is playing a major factor in limiting visibility and causing drifting of snow,” according to Bolduc.
If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you need help, dial Star-55 on your cell phone to get the patrol help-line.
Click here for the Nebraska Department of Transportation road conditions report.