NDOT and NSP Advises Caution Traveling This Weekend

With blizzard type conditions expected in parts of the state The Nebraska Department of Transportation crews are prepared for the latest round of winter. S

“This latest storm looks to have significant impact on a majority of the State this weekend on top of already significant snow fall,” says NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “As always, drivers are encouraged to be informed about weather and road conditions before making the decision to travel. Regardless, our crews will be out working to clear roadways as conditions allow in a potential blizzard. We urge caution if you must travel during this winter storm and know before you go.”

Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent John Bulduc says ““Knowing what to expect is critical if you have to travel during this weekend’s weather. Please stay up-to-date with local forecasts and check 511 or NDOT’s Plow Tracker before you venture out. If you become stranded or need assistance while traveling, our troopers will be on the road throughout the state and ready to help.”

Travelers are advised 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 by phone, online at www.511.nebraska.gov, Nebraska 511’s smartphone app or by dialing 511.

Travelers are also encourage to utilize NDOT’s Plow Tracker at https://plows.nebraska.gov/index.html where the public will be able to observe road conditions in real time from the cabs of NDOT snowplows.

Should travel be absolutely necessary, NDOT reminds motorists to be prepared with warm clothing, water and food. Be sure to travel on well-established routes and notify someone when you are leaving for your destination. If traveling a distance, a winter weather survival kit is advised with additional basic items. T

Motorists are reminded to make sure everyone in their vehicle wears a seat belt and children are in a car safety seat. Do not use cruise control in wet or snowy weather and keep a full gas tank.

For safe-driving tips and winter weather information, visit NDOT’s website http://dot.nebraska.gov/safety/driving/winter/.

As a reminder, the NSP Highway Helpline is available 24 hours per day for motorists in need of assistance. Drivers can reach NSP by dialing *55 from any cell phone. Call 911 for any emergency.

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