NSP urges caution traveling in Nebraska as winter storm approaches

LINCOLN, Nebraska (KOLN) – The Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Department of Transportation are urging travelers to prepare for winter driving conditions as a major winter storm will affect nearly all of Nebraska today and Tuesday. increase.

The National Weather Service is forecasting about a foot of snow in north-central Nebraska, and several inches in other areas. Additionally, ice accumulation is expected to affect much of the state, with the greatest accumulation currently projected to extend from McCook to South Sioux City.

“Ice build-up from this storm, combined with the snow, can have a hidden impact,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska Patrol. We encourage you to check the weather forecast and current road conditions on .As always, consider the conditions and decide if you really need to travel during a storm.”

All travelers are encouraged to check out the Nebraska 511 Advanced Traveler System at 511.Nebraska.Gov. In addition to displaying live cameras, road reports and closure information, the system includes a live weather radar that allows travelers to watch for storms as they travel through Nebraska. NDOT crews are already working statewide and will continue as the storm progresses.

Here are some important winter travel tips:

  • Know Before You Go – Check Nebraska 511
  • Have a winter survival kit in your car in case you get stranded
  • Do not crowd the plow
  • Reduce speed and increase following distance, especially in icy conditions
  • wear a seat belt every time you travel

Drivers who are stranded or need assistance can contact the NSP Highway Helpline by calling *55 or 800-525-5555 to speak directly with an NSP dispatcher.

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