NDOT warns drivers of hazardous conditions brought by winter weather
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska is in store for another major winter storm.
The anticipated weather will impact travelers across a majority of the state overnight and throughout the day tomorrow.
While the forecast could fluctuate, concerns are highest for potential heavy snowfall during the storm coupled with sustained high winds, creating low visibility.
Officials do not advise travel for Saturday, anyone who must travel is encouraged to change plans or monitor winter weather for delays or bad driving conditions.
The system will work its way through the state beginning overnight and will continue through Saturday, creating slush and snow-covered roadways.
“Regardless of the time of day or night, our crews at NDOT remain ready to address this winter storm and the different challenges it will bring. Drivers are encouraged to be informed about weather and road conditions before making the decision to travel by checking 511.Nebraska.Gov and Plows.Nebraska.Gov. Remember to slow down, increase following distance, turn off your cruise control and always buckle up,” said NDOT Director John Selmer.
Nebraska State Troopers will also be working throughout the state, ready to assist motorists and respond to any crashes that may occur. Any motorist who becomes stranded can call the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555 to speak directly with an NSP dispatcher.
If you must travel, do not drive faster than conditions allow. Surfaces will be slick under the snow and visibility may be poor. Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination. With snowplows out on the roads, travelers are urged to be cautious and courteous to those operating them, making sure to:
• Slow down as you approach plows. They travel slowly, usually 25-30 MPH or less.
• Stay well behind plows to give you and them plenty of room. When traveling outside of a
business or residential district, it is unlawful to follow a highway maintenance vehicle
(snowplow, truck, or grader) more closely than 100 feet when it is plowing snow,
spreading salt or sand, or displaying a flashing amber or blue light.
• Never pass a plow on the right – snowplows are equipped with “wing plows” which
extend beyond the truck itself.
• Know where plows are and actions they may be taking while they plow snow