Winter storm watch posted for Lincoln

 

With a winter storm poised to move across the state, the Nebraska State Patrol is reminding motorist to keep up to date on the latest weather and travel conditions.   Lincoln can expect a mix of ice and snow around 2 inches while the central and western part of Nebraska could see more than six inches of snow.

Travelers can utilize the state's automated road and weather condition information system by dialing 511 from any landline or cellular phone.  The number is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 52 weeks a year. The system can also be accessed via the internet at < www.511nebraska.org >. Travelers outside of Nebraska wanting to check weather and road conditions in our state can dial 1-800-906-9069.

You can check the Nebraska Department of Roads website to see the latest conditions across Nebraska.   Just click on a highway near your destination to check on current road conditions.  http://www.511nebraska.org/ndortip/current-index.jsp  You can also look at the Nebraska Department of Roads cameras positioned throughout the state to see road conditions.  http://www2.dor.state.ne.us/Webcams/Default.aspx

As conditions change motorist are reminded to adjust their speed and never travel faster than conditions allow. Slick surfaces make it difficult to steer and stop. Do not drive in slick, wet, snowy weather with your cruise control on. Motorists are also encouraged to give themselves plenty of time and distance to react to others around them. Be sure to exercise caution on bridges and overpasses, keep your headlights on and make sure they are cleaned off.

Beginning at midnight tonight, a full Public Works crew will begin spreading de-icer material on Lincoln's 19 snow emergency routes and bus routes, in anticipation of potential freezing rain and sleet currently being forecast for southeast Nebraska. StarTran buses will be running Friday.  For up to the minute snow removal updates and star tran schedules, check www.lincoln.ne.gov