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NSP Urges Preparedness for Winter Storm

NSP Urges Preparedness for Winter Storm

New alerts are being issued as a winter storm rolls through the state of Nebraska.

As a result, snowfall is expected to become heavy tonight and Monday morning in parts of eastern Nebraska.

During a 10:30 a.m. conference call Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts and state officials talked about the impact of this winter storm as it pushes east across the state.

Many roads will have treacherous or impossible driving conditions.

Travel along much of Interstate 80 across Nebraska and I-29 north of Omaha could be risky once the storm strikes. I-80 was closed Monday afternoon between Exit 420 (Ashland) and Exit 409 (Waverly) due to an accident.

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Shortly before 10:30 a.m., an injury accident at 84th St. and Havelock Ave. between a auto and a semi, sending a woman to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. A section of Nebraska Highway 2 from Dunning to Ansley was listed as impassable, with whiteout conditions. Some areas could see 5 inches. The city deployed 20 vehicles to treat roads around town early Monday morning.

The city of Lincoln declared a Snow Emergency, effective at 6 p.m. Vehicles left on snow routes could be towed.

Free overnight parking is being offered for downtown residents at Center Park Garage at 1100 "N" St.

If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

The storm, which started as light rain in Columbus, is expected to bring blizzard conditions to the area Sunday night into Monday as the precipitation changes to freezing rain then heavy snow accompanied by a north wind gusting to more than 40 miles per hour.

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