After one teen lost her life on the highway in this winter storm, local law enforcement officials are urging motorists to stay off the roads.
They say drivers need to be prepared and keep up-to-date on the latest weather and road conditions as a powerful winter storm moves into the Cornhusker State.
If you must head out, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says to use common sense when navigating the roads.
He says to slow down and increase following distance.
Blowing and drifting snow reduce visibility and bitterly cold wind chills can be life threatening. If you do end up in the ditch, Wagner says to stay put until an deputy can get to you.
Wagner says to be sure to include a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as your travel. The following are some basic items to keep in your car in case you become stranded in wintry weather:
Travelers can check on road closures and conditions by utilizing 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System at www.511.nebraska.gov, the 511 Mobile Traveler Site at 511 Mobile Traveler Site (the site also works on PC’s), or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069) from any land line or cellular phone for information.
“All signs point to this storm having the potential to make travel extremely dangerous,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We encourage motorists to closely monitor weather and road conditions and be prepared to change travel plans as necessary.”
The Nebraska State Patrol issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme winter weather conditions:
Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any land line.