The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) asks citizens to be prepared and keep up-to-date on the latest weather and road conditions, as a late February winter storm takes aim at a large portion of Nebraska today through Friday.
The storm is expected to drop heavy snow in parts of the state, along with windy conditions and cold temperatures.
“Don’t be complacent because of the recent nice weather we’ve experienced. This storm has the potential to make travel
extremely difficult, dangerous, and even impossible in many areas,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “If you have travel plans, please stay up-to-date and monitor weather and road conditions closely.”
Travelers can check on road closures and conditions by using 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System. The system can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, by dialing 511, or online at www.511.nebraska.gov.
A Nebraska 511 mobile app is also available to download at no cost for smartphone users. Simply search your app provider for Nebraska 511.
The Nebraska State Patrol issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme weather conditions:
Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when absolutely necessary. Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.
If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Let others know when you are going, when you will arrive, and what route you are taking.
If you do become stranded while traveling, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures
can be life threatening.
If your vehicle does become stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.
Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach it to the outside to signal you are in trouble.
Be sure to include a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as your travel. The following are some basic items to keep in your car in case you become stranded in wintry weather.
Include the following items in your travel safety kit: mobile phone, charger and batteries; blankets or sleeping bag; an extra set of clothing and winter accessories; jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit; matches and candles, ice scraper, shovel, and small bag of sand; high energy or dehydrated foods and bottled water; flashlight, extra batteries (cold weather reduces battery strength); both a large and a small can; and a red flag or bandana.
Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by
dialing *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline, report emergencies to 911.