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Nebraska State Patrol urges preparedness ahead of winter storm

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jan 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-21 16:16:56-05

The Nebraska State Patrol is urging drivers to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions ahead of a winter storm that will impact parts of Nebraska within the next 24 to 36 hours. 

“We’ve been monitoring the forecasts for this storm closely,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Now that the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for dozens of counties from southwest to northeast Nebraska, it’s imperative that drivers prepare for potentially dangerous conditions on Nebraska roads.”

NSP is asking drivers to monitor driving conditions, stay home if possible, and follow snow emergency plans. 

The Highway Helpline is available 24/7 for drivers needing assistance. It can be reached by dialing *55. In case of an emergency, call 911.

NSP also issued the following winter weather driving tips: 

  • Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.
  • Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when absolutely necessary.
  • If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Let others know where you are going, your route, and when you will arrive.
  • If you do become stranded while traveling, stay in your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.
  • If your vehicle becomes stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide.
  •  Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach it to the outside to signal for help.
  • Keep a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as you travel.