LIVE UPDATES: Winter storm sweeps across Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Snow is hitting the Cornhusker State in a big way. Counties and major cities across Nebraska are preparing with travel warnings, weather alerts, and even snow emergencies. We’ll be updating this article throughout the day with road conditions, accidents, updates, and any urgent information.

*All times are Central

TUESDAY, January 26

4:33 p.m.

4;30 p.m.

The snow may have stopped, but the roads are still slick. If you have to travel today, go slow and keep plenty of room between you and the vehicles around you.


3:16 p.m.

Wowza! Only eight hours later, Nebraska roads go from pink (completely snow-covered) to blue (partially covered) and green (normal or wet).

A true testament to how hard the snow crews worked and continue to work.

Authorities still encourage Nebraskans to limit their travel and take winter driving precautions.

Click here for the full 511 Map.


9:45 a.m. 

NSP is reporting a jackknifed semi on I-80, just west of York.


9:37 a.m.

A heads up for Sarpy County, an exit ramp off US 75 is closed down due to a crash.


9:35 a.m.

Seward snow crews will be working downtown today. Try to avoid the area until they are done clearing it.


9:31 a.m.

Looks like it’s done snowing in Hastings. Be careful shoveling!

More: Snow shoveling safety and health advice


9:27 a.m.

If you are driving west on I-80, be aware that lanes from North Platte to Hershey are CLOSED because of a multi-vehicle crash.


MONDAY, January 25

9:00 p.m.

See: NSP: Chain-reaction crash sends six to hospital


7:00 p.m.

The eastbound lanes of I-80 between Cozad and Lexington are now back OPEN.


5:40 p.m.


5:08 p.m.

I-80 lanes from Cozad to Lexington are still closed, please avoid the area if you can.  So far, NSP has assisted with more than 200 weather-related incidents.


4:37 p.m.

Eastbound lanes on I-80, from Cozad to Lexington, are closed down due to an accident.


4:35 p.m.

… I spoke too soon


4:34 p.m.

Don’t blink or you might lose that ruler 👀


4:29 p.m. 


4:11 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

PSA: If you are out clearing snow from your drive and walkways, why not dig out that fire hydrant!


3:20 p.m.

A big shout out to NSP! Thank you for keeping Nebraska safe.


3:12 p.m.

The Village of Eagle’s Snow Emergency has been EXTENDED.

According to Village Clerk Nick Nystom, the declaration will remain in effect from 3 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Vehicle must be removed from all streets during this time.


2:00 p.m.

Looks like this storm won’t be going away any time soon.


1:47 p.m.

Looks like things are finally slowing down in Superior. One homeowner says they’ve gotten eight inches of snowfall!


1:28 p.m.

12:35 p.m.


11:27 a.m.

Officials across Nebraska are all sharing the same message- stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to travel, go slow and keep plenty of distance between you and the vehicles around you.


11:14 a.m.

Doug the weather dog is reporting about three inches of snow out in Columbus this morning. Great work Doug!


11:00 a.m.

Shelley says Seward has gotten 4.5 inches of snow already! Sounds like good snowman weather.


10:32 a.m.

One local out in west Lincoln is measuring 4.5 inches of snow this morning. Pack your snow boots if you’ll be out and about!


10:14 a.m.

Looks like North Platte has less than 1.5 inches of snow this morning… they have some catching up to do.


10:05 a.m.

Ashland has declared a Snow Emergency “effective immediately through Tuesday,” reports City Administrator Jessica Quady.


9:24 a.m.

Wowza. Hastings homeowners are already reporting four inches of snow this morning.


8:45 a.m.


8:15 am – There are multiple accidents on I-80 near mile marker 442 eastbound. The right lane is blocked.

6:30 am – Here is a look at the road to Seward.

5:20 am – City of Lincoln has 20 material spreaders out applying granular salt pre-wet with brine. Over the next several hours 100 city and contractor crews will begin a major plowing operation. Residential plowing should start around 9 am.


Sunday

8:50 p.m.

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln will be closed on Monday. In addition to canceled classes, offices and clinics will not be open.

This includes the COVID-19 saliva-based testing sites. All Monday appointments can be rescheduled for Tuesday.

For more information, visit covid19.unl.edu.


8:25 p.m.

Monday, January 25th, 2021 Seward County Offices will be closed due to expected winter storm coming through the area….

Posted by Seward County Sheriff Nebraska on Sunday, January 24, 2021


7:35 p.m.

Several school districts across Nebraska are calling off classes for Monday.

Visit our School & Business Closings page for a full list.


6:58 p.m.

Snow Emergency declared for Lincoln.

More: Snow emergency, parking ban for Lincoln on Monday


5:54 p.m.

Winter Storm Warning for Lincoln and Omaha goes into effect at 6 a.m. Monday. The warning will last until 3 a.m. Tuesday.


5:13 p.m.

No Snow Emergency for Seward County just yet, but it remains under a Winter Storm Warning.

Winter Storm Warning for tomorrow has been updated! Now expecting 8 to 14 inches of snow with 20 to 25 mph winds. Wind may gust up to 30 to 35 mph. Be prepared if you must travel and stay safe!

Posted by Seward County Nebraska Road Conditions on Sunday, January 24, 2021


5:00 p.m.

Kearney will be under a Snow Emergency starting 8 a.m. Monday till 8 p.m. Tuesday. Parking is NOT allowed on emergency snow routes, violators will be towed.

The City of Kearney Street Division announces that in anticipation of the snow event, a Snow Emergency is in effect…

Posted by City of Kearney Nebraska Government on Sunday, January 24, 2021


4:50 p.m.
The City of Crete will be in a Snow Emergency starting today at 6 p.m. Plows will be out around 9 p.m. If you are parked on an emergency snow route, move your car! Crete police say they will have to tow your vehicle if it is blocking these routes.

We will be in a snow emergency beginning at on January 24th, 2021, at 6:00pm and will start towing vehicles at 9:00pm. …

Posted by Crete Police Department on Sunday, January 24, 2021


4:04 p.m.


4:00 p.m.
Sarpy County has declared a Snow Emergency from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Vehicles CANNOT be parked on the street at this time.

3:07 p.m.
Officials with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) are urging drivers to be cautious.

According to the press release, the State’s most-traveled roadways, including 350 miles of I-80, are under some form of winter warning or advisory.“This storm has the potential to have a major impact on travel throughout the state,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The best way to stay safe during a winter storm is to make the important determination if travel is even necessary. If you have to travel, be prepared for adverse driving conditions and follow safe winter driving practices.”

Read the full press release below:

1:50 p.m.
Beatrice has declared a Snow Emergency, starting at midnight. This declaration does include a parking ban, so make sure to move your vehicles off the streets before heading to bed tonight.

Sunday, January 24, 2021: Based on the forecasted snow, ❄️ the City of Beatrice has declared a Snow Emergency starting…

Posted by City of Beatrice, Nebraska – Municipal Government on Sunday, January 24, 2021


1:45 p.m.

Travel is discouraged in the Hastings area Monday evening.


1:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service says the incoming storm will cause “major disruptions to daily life” across southeastern Nebraska.


1:28 p.m.

A Snow Emergency has been declared for the Village of Eagle in Cass County.

According to Village Clerk Nick Nystom, the declaration will be in effect from 12:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

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