The Nebraska State Patrol is reminding drivers to still take it slow on the roads as winter weather moves through the Midwest.
Troopers have already responded to roughly 200 weather-related incidents during the winter storm that has dropped several inches of snow in central Nebraska. The band of weather even forced the closure of Interstate 80 for several hours on Thursday. The state patrol responded to more than 20 crashes overnight and several more Friday morning.
As the snow continues to fall in some areas, the moisture and cold temperatures have contributed to icy conditions. Nebraska Department of Transportation crews have been working around the clock to clear roads.
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc says they've been hard at work over the last few days. “Our troopers and dispatchers have been busy assisting stranded motorists, investigating crashes, and working with NDOT crews to both close and reopen Interstate 80. We’d like to thank the public for their patience and for the vast majority who have utilized sound winter driving practices to stay safe.”
Since the storm began, troopers have performed nearly 150 motorist assists, such as helping stranded motorists. If any motorist becomes stranded, they can call *55 from any cell phone to reach the NSP Highway Helpline. For any emergency, call 911.
Travelers are also 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 via phone by dialing 511, online at www.511.nebraska.gov, or on Nebraska 511’s smartphone app.