Winter is taking aim at the heartland again and state officials are waving the caution flag for travelers.
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent, Colonel John Bolduc, said, “This storm is expected to potentially bring up to a foot of snow in some areas of Nebraska. It’s important that people finishing their holiday travel are prepared for winter driving conditions and drive safely.”
Travelers are urged to check the most up-to-date travel conditions available through 511, Nebraska’s traveler information system. It's available at all times via phone by dialing 511, online at 511.nebraska.gov or on Nebraska 511’s smartphone app.
“With holiday travel on all our minds, we encourage our fellow Nebraskans to be fully informed about the weather and travel conditions, said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “We recommend travelers keep tabs on the weather and take every precaution to keep themselves safe and always remember to buckle up.”
NDOT says crews and equipment will be out to clear the highways and monitor changing conditions. The department has more than 630 snow plows and 1,000 team members prepared to handle snow removal across the state.
The NDOT State Operations Center is staffed during any winter weather event to help keep Nebraska 511 up to date and provide assistance to crews in the field.
State Troopers will be also be on the road to assist drivers if necessary. Anyone who becomes stranded can call *55 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline. Call 911 for any emergency.
Additionally, motorists will likely encounter snow plows while driving. NDOT urges drivers to not crowd the plow and keep plenty of distance for all workers to do their job clearing the road.
Motorists should avoid distractions while driving, increase following distance, never drive faster than conditions allow, and always buckle-up. NSP and NDOT also recommend keeping a winter survival kit in the vehicle to use in the event travelers become stranded.