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Nebraska state agencies report on the snowstorm

Posted: 12:52 PM, Jan 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-22 22:08:54Z

The snow that spread across the state left as much as 10 inches in parts of Western Nebraska and roughly 75 percent of  the state's roads are covered with snow. 

Monday morning, Governor Pete Ricketts discussed the state's response to the storm. 

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"As heavy snowfall and blizzard like conditions affect out state Nebraska state agencies are working together to coordinate their efforts for response we urge Nebraskans to watch the weather closely and avoid unnecessary travel in areas of the state that are experiencing severe winter weather," Ricketts said. 

NEMA is keeping in touch with the National Weather Service and are ready to assist local emergency managers if needed. The Department of Transportation is continuing to clear roadways and advises you do not travel. 

Finally, the State Patrol gave the following reminders to motorists: 

  • 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, keep a window cracked and make sure tailpipe is clear 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.