Interstate 80 in Nebraska has re-opened after being closed when falling snow and high winds created whiteout conditions, leading to numerous wrecks.
Officials with the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Department of Transportation closed roughly 145 miles of I-80, between Grand Island and North Platte, as troopers and emergency crews worked to get wrecks off the highway. The storm also forced the closing of U.S. Highway 30 in the North Platte area.
Troopers assisted more than 100 motorists, primarily in central Nebraska, on Thursday.
Snowfall totals in western, central, and northeastern Nebraska range from five to six inches of snow, not the foot of snow forecast. More than eight inches of snow fell in Greeley County.
Weather conditions are improving across Nebraska, though the state now is in the grip of very cold temperatures.
The National Weather Service in North Platte reports mostly cloudy conditions this morning, which forecasters expect to give way to sunny skies with a high near 21. Wind chills could dip to three below zero. The low tonight is expected to be 1 degree with a high near 29 for Saturday.
Forecasters in the Hastings office of the NWS expect snow to continue this morning, then change to flurries around lunch time with sunny skies breaking through this afternoon with a high near 18. Wind chills will vary between three above to three below. The low tonight is expected to fall to six with a high on Saturday under sunny skies of 25.
Snow will continue to fall in the Omaha, Lincoln area as well as throughout southeastern Nebraska this morning. Less than half an inch accumulation is expected. The low tonight in eastern Nebraska should dip to seven with sunny skies and a high of 26 expected tomorrow.
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