Holiday Weekend Gets Strong Start

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gas prices didn't appear to be hurting attendance at Nebraska's state parks, but the chance for severe weather on the minds of some campers.

Platte River State Park Superintendent Roger Sykes says everybody's more on alert after last week's severe storms.

The National Weather Service says the highest risk for severe storms in eastern Nebraska is Saturday, although thunderstorms could develop in following days. National Weather Service Forecaster Corey King says temperatures in the lower to mid 70's were expected for Sunday and Monday.

Sykes says such concerns didn't appear to be affecting attendance. By this afternoon, the park had counted about 2,000 visitors.

He says it's too soon to guess whether climbing gas prices will have any effect on this year's three-day attendance. He says there haven't been any reservation cancellations for the park's 54 cabins, which are all full.

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