LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a release from the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT):
“The Nebraska Department of Transportation crews are prepared for spring weather which looks to impact most of the state in very different ways Wednesday through Thursday. Forecasts call for blizzard conditions in western Nebraska with heavy snow and high winds while rain increases the potential for flooding in eastern Nebraska. High winds, up to or even greater than 60 mph in some parts of the State, will have significant impact on visibility and high profile vehicles. Workers and equipment will be out to clear the highways and monitor changing conditions throughout the storm, which look to impact travel Wednesday and Thursday.
NDOT crews have been preparing for this storm for several days. This includes clearing existing snow away from the roadways and stockpiling material to address the anticipated amounts of snow. This storm is expected to drop significant snowfall amounts. This coupled with high winds, visibility will be a concern. During this blizzard event in western and west central Nebraska, NDOT is advising against all unnecessary travel.
While snowfall totals may not be as heavy in central Nebraska, very high winds will cause drifting and could impact visibility with blowing snow. Please use caution if traveling.
With the combination of rain, melting of significant accumulated snow and the saturation levels of the ground, flooding and flash flooding are significant possibility. NDOT urges all drivers to never drive over a flooded roadway. Any water over the road could stall or even float a vehicle. Should you encounter a flooded roadway, please remember to turn around – don’t drown.
“This latest storm looks to have significant impact on a majority of the State in very different ways,” said 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. With the forecasted snow fall totals coupled with high winds, we urge against all unnecessary travel in the blizzard affected areas.
If you must travel during this winter storm, know before you go by checking 511.nebraska.gov for road conditions and closures and always travel well established routes. Should motorists encounter flooding in the eastern part of the State, remember to never travel over a flooded roadway.”