NSP, NDOT Urge Caution As First Winter Storm Of The Season Arrives

The Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Transportation are urging travelers to be prepared for winter driving conditions through Saturday across many areas of Nebraska.

The National Weather Service is predicting snowfall across most of Nebraska, with some areas seeing accumulation of several inches. As of now, the snowstorm is expected to more heavily affect north and northwest Nebraska, but most of the state is likely to have some snow.

“For most of us, this may be the first time driving in winter conditions this season. That’s why preparation ahead of time is so vital,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “If you are traveling this week, be sure your vehicle is ready for winter weather, check Nebraska’s advanced 511 system, and practice safe winter driving when you head out.”

Last month, NDOT unveiled the upgraded Nebraska 511 Advanced Traveler System. In addition to viewing live cameras, road reports, and closure information, the system now includes live weather radar that will allow travelers to monitor storms as they move through Nebraska.

“NDOT is well prepared for the latest round of weather,” said John Selmer, NDOT Director. “Together with our partners, we want to remind travelers to slow down, give plow drivers space, and increase following distances, even when snowfall amounts are in the one-to two-inch range.”

Travelers are reminded of these tips for safe winter weather travel:

  • Know Before You Go – Check 511.nebraska.gov or the Nebraska 511 app
  • Don’t Crowd the Plow
  • Reduce your speed and increase following distance
  • Buckle up, every trip, every time

Any motorists who become stranded or needs assistance can call *55 or 800-525-5555 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline and speak directly with an NSP Dispatcher.