Blizzard and winter storm warnings have been issued for much of Nebraska as a strong winter storm pushes through the state.
Heavy snow and strong winds have caused blizzard conditions throughout Nebraska, sparing only the far western and southeastern portions of the state.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for those parts of the state not bracing for blizzard conditions.
The National Weather Service forecasts snow and blowing snow causing blizzard conditions for much of the state today. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Snow should end this evening, giving way to clearing skies and warmer temperatures the remainder of the week.
Snow accumulations cold vary widely in Nebraska, anywhere from 8 to 18 inches in the direct path of the blizzard. Strong, northwesterly winds could cause white-out conditions, making travel extremely hazardous.
Road conditions are expected to worsen as the day goes on. This morning, highways in the western two-thirds of the state were reported completed covered by snow with the remainder of the roads wet from freezing drizzle ahead of the snow.
Many Nebraska schools cancelled classes. Other activities have also been cancelled as the state hunkers down for the day.
The Nebraska State Patrol issued a hazardous driving conditions warning through Monday.
NSP encourages citizens to follow local snow emergency plans. If possible, avoid travel.
Stay up-to-date on travel conditions through Nebraska 511. The system is available at all times via phone by dialing 511, online here, or Nebraska 511’s smartphone app.
Troopers will be on the road to assist any drivers who need help.
The NSP Highway Helpline is available 24 hours. Drivers can reach NSP by dialing *55 from any cell phone. Call 911 for any emergency.
NSP issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme weather conditions:
- Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.
- Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when absolutely necessary.
- If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Let others know where you are going, your route, and when you will arrive.
- If you do become stranded while traveling, stay in your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.
- If your vehicle becomes stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide.
- Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach it to the outside to signal for help.
- Keep a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as you travel.