UPDATE: NDOT to close parts of I-80 Wednesday night

UPDATE:

With another snow storm on the way, state officials are warning us about travel on the roads.

The Nebraska Department of Roads said they’ve made progress reopening highways affected by the recent blizzard and floods.  They said they feel prepared for this storm, with crews monitoring the wind and road temperatures.

But as a precaution, they said they’ll start closing parts of I–80 Wednesday evening.

“We see the snow coming, we see the wind and we know it’s going to be poor visibility and rather than have folks get stranded out there, we’re going to close ahead of time,” Director Kyle Schneweis said.

Schneweis recommends you do not travel, but tat if you must, do so cautiously.

The Nebraska State Patrol said this storm will likely produce similar conditions to what we saw a few weeks back.

They said Wednesday – and maybe Thursday – they’ll have troopers working overnight to help monitor roads.

Officials also said they can’t tell where or how much flooding this storm may cause.

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The Nebraska Department of Transportation will be closing portions of I-80 Wednesday night. 

NDOT is closing I-80 west of I-76 to the Wyoming border at 6 p.m. (CT). NDOT says closings are dependent in part of road closings in other states, as well as storm conditions. 

Travelers are advised to be alert, be aware and check the most up to date travel conditions and closures available through 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System.  The system is available at all times via 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.

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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