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Friday, 14 January 2011 22:29

Beau Yoder uses some high powered gear from Harchelroad Motors to clear out snow from the Wauneta Medical Clinic parking lot. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)

 

Slick roads, frigid temperatures lead to multitude of cancellations and postponements across Nebraska

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

It was harder to figure out which schools in Nebraska were open for classes on Monday than which were closed as snow-slickened roads, dangerously low temperatures and forecasts for blizzard conditions led to hundreds of closures and postponements across Nebraska. Classes at Wauneta-Palisade as well as virtually every other school in the area were cancelled Monday and started late on Tuesday. The WP school board meeting originally planned for Monday evening was postponed to Wednesday afternoon.

Snowfall amounts ranging from 5 to 7 inches fell Sunday and Monday across Chase County bringing a quarter of an inch of precipitation to the region. High wind warnings led to concerns about white-out conditions if the low-moisture snow took flight. Luckily winds did not pick up as much as feared.

Eron Kitt tackles the hands-on duty of scooping the sidewalk in front of HomeTown Agency.

 

In central Nebraska snowfall totals of up to 12 inches were reported. Icy roadways led to several accidents in the state including a multi-car pile up on Interstate 80 near Kearney. Classes at the University of Nebraska in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha as well as other colleges across the state were cancelled Monday and Tuesday. Officials reopened a stretch of Interstate 80 between Gothenburg and Cozad Monday that was closed by the State Patrol because of several snow-related accidents on Sunday. No serious injuries were reported among the motorists.

Monday brought single-digit daytime highs and an overnight low of 10 degrees below zero to southwest Nebraska.

North Platte was the cold spot of the state early Tuesday, with the mercury dipping to minus 19 with a brutal windchill factor of minus 35. Late Tuesday and Wednesday brought even colder temps with North Platte reporting a low of 20 degrees below zero and a low of 18 below zero recorded at the Imperial airport.

Later in the week, temperatures will rebound into the mid-to-upper 30s, likely followed by another blast of bitter cold.