Blizzard conditions are causing problems for people across Nebraska today. During a 10:30 a.m. conference call Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts and state officials talked about the impact of this winter storm as it pushes east across the state.
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials say some of the heaviest snowfall is in central and northern Nebraska, with anywhere from four to 13 inches.
Around 5,500 customers are without power, and about 1.2 percent of the electrical grid is impacted. Various power outages have been reported in the city of North Platte.
Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) officials say I-80 is closed between Goehner and Beaver Crossing due to wind and visibility. Highways near Broken Bow are impassable. Cars are stuck north of Grand Island, but NDOR officials say it's too dangerous for tow trucks at this time. They say snowplows are also having a hard time keeping up with the snow drifts.
NDOR advises not traveling if you don't need to. Use the 511 app or call 511 to stay up to date on current road conditions.
State leaders point out that in the coming days, there will be a concern about flooding with the freeze and thaw cycle. They say there could be the threat of ice jams on our rivers.