As the latest winter storm bears down on the state, Nebraska Department of Transportation crews are prepared to clear the highways and help drivers. The NDOT will have about 630 snowplows and 1,000 employees to address snow removal across the state.
NDOT’s State Operations Center will be staffed throughout the weekend to help keep 511 up to date and provide assistance to crews in the field.
As with any storm, motorists need to be aware of the storm’s effects before getting behind the wheel. “We encourage our fellow Nebraskans to be fully informed about the weather and travel conditions, said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “If they find it necessary to venture out, we recommend they keep tabs on the weather and take every precaution to keep themselves safe.”
Like last weekend, The Nebraska State Patrol is also ready to assist drivers who need help. “Troopers responded to well over 100 weather-related incidents last weekend and are prepared to respond during this weekend’s storm as well,” Colonel John Bolduc. “We urge the public to be prepared by having a winter survival kit in the vehicle and by checking weather and road conditions before attempting to travel.”
Predictions call for bring heavy snow across areas west and north of the metro area. Some driving surfaces will be wet before becoming slushy to snow covered throughout the weekend.
Travelers are urged to check the most up-to-date travel conditions available through 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System. The system is available at all times by dialing 511 or going online at www.511.nebraska.gov or on Nebraska 511’s smartphone app.
If drivers become stranded while traveling, they should stay in their vehicle until help arrives and only run the vehicle’s motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide. The Patrol also advises drivers to carry a red flag or bandana in the car and attach it to the outside to signal for help.
Areas west of Columbus and Norfolk could get 10-14 inches of snow this weekend. In the metro area 1-3 inches is possible.