Heavy Snow Makes Morning Drives Difficult, Lincoln Snow Emergency
LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska). The storm system, which arrived late but dropped a heavy swath of snow on Lincoln early Thursday morning, resulted in difficult morning commutes for drivers who had to contend with the weather.
The 10/11 meteorological team measured 8.5 inches at the station as of 7 a.m., and more fell. Drivers were stuck in almost every part of the city. O Street was at a standstill due to snowy and slippery conditions that got cars, trucks, and even a city bus stuck. Lincoln police said they have responded to several minor crashes and 15 assisted driving incidents. They said that because of the heavy snowfall, the drivers were moving slowly.
LPS canceled classes early Thursday morning and UNL made the decision to close after 8am. City officials declared a snow emergency and said the parking ban would begin at noon. Lincoln police have advised those who do not need to travel to stay at home. If you do have to travel, they said you should take it slow, bring your essentials, and be patient.
Major roads in the city were cleared Thursday morning, but Lincoln police said the lanes were likely to remain muddy for a while.
The Nebraska State Patrol said they are also watching vehicles struggle and get stuck due to heavy snow and poor visibility caused by the blizzard. So far, they have helped 58 stranded drivers in Lincoln and Omaha.
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