A power early spring winter storm is taking aim at Nebraska. Heavy snow is expected across much of the state with anywhere from six to fourteen inches expected in some locations and strong wind of up to 50 mph will cause whiteout conditions. Cody Thomas is the public relations director for the Nebraska State Patrol and says strong wind and a little bit of snow can cause problems on the road.
Thomas says, “Even in areas that are not getting a ton of snow, visibility will be a challenge because of the strong winds and those blizzard conditions. I think that about half of the state is under a blizzard warning that will take effect at different points throughout the day today and even into tomorrow too so the blowing snow, drifting snow and that reduced visibility will be a major challenge on Nebraska roads.”
In severe weather the State Patrol recommends only driving when it is absolutely necessary. Other tips include buckling up and never drive faster than conditions allow. 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, stay in your vehicle until help arrives. If your vehicle is stuck, run your engine sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide. Make sure your winter survival kit is fully stocked.
Travelers can stay up to date on conditions and information through Nebraska 511 or online at www.511.gov. The Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline is available 24 hours a day for motorists in need of assistance. Drivers can dial *55 from any cell phone. If there is an emergency call 911.
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