Posted by: Mark Haggar Update: Interstates and highways still open after snow

POSTED BY: Mark Haggar
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UPDATE:  Interstates and Highways are still open after two to four inches of snow fell in the region.  According to the Department of Roads website, the interstate between Omaha and Lincoln is partially covered by snow and complete covered by snow the closer you get to Omaha.  Interstates and highways are not closed and you are asked to drive carefully and allow extra time to get to your destination.  Travel conditions will improve now that the snow has stopped and crews clear the interstates, highways and roadways.  For more information, go to: https://hb.511.nebraska.gov/#roadReports?timeFrame=TODAY&layers=rwis

News Release from the city of Lincoln;

Sixty-three City and contractor crews continue plowing emergency snow routes, arterial streets and bus routes, in addition to treating slick spots with granular salt, pre-wet with brine.  Accumulation is being assessed to determine if plowing residential streets is needed.  Crews report snow-packed streets with intermittent slick spots. 

The Lincoln Police Department reports 11 accidents since 6 p.m. Saturday. A minor injury was reported when one vehicle struck a sign post.  Drivers are urged to use extreme caution, increase following distance and allow more time to reach destinations.

The National Weather Service forecasts snowfall to end by sunrise.  This afternoon, winds from 15 to 25 mph will cause blowing snow and increase the chance of slick spots.  City officials will continuing monitoring conditions to determine the best treatment strategies for safe holiday weekend travel. Parking bans are not in effect at this time, but residents are asked to move their cars off City streets to help crews with clearing operations.  Please stay informed on the status of snow operations in Lincoln.  Additional information is available on the City website at snow.lincoln.ne.gov.  If you have questions, you may call the Public Works and Utilities Snow Center at 402-441-7644.

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A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Southeast Nebraska.  Two to four inches is possible and the advisory remains in effect until 6 A.M. Sunday morning.   A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. 

The following is a news release from the city of Lincoln:

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017 Time: 11:30 p.m.

Sixty-three City and contractor crews are plowing arterial streets and emergency and bus routes overnight until early morning.  Crews report snow-covered streets and potentially slippery conditions. The Lincoln Police Department reports five accidents since 6 p.m. and no injuries.  Drivers are urged to use caution, drive slowly, increase following distance and prepare for limited visibility.

Operations will be assessed and adjusted between 4 and 6 a.m. when snowfall is forecasted to lighten.  At that point, plows may turn to residential streets.  Parking bans are not in effect at this time, but residents are asked to move their cars off City streets to help crews with clearing operations.  The City reminds residents to not only clear sidewalks, but curb cuts, and access to fire hydrants.  It is illegal to push or blow snow into or on any street, alley or sidewalk, and violators are subject to a fine.

Please stay informed on the status of snow operations in Lincoln.  Additional information is available on the City website at snow.lincoln.ne.gov.  If you have questions, you may call the Public Works Snow Center at 402-441-7644.

Posted by: Mark Haggar