Snowy interstate

Traffic moves slowly east at the interchange of Interstate 80 and Interstate 680 on a snowy day in February 2014

The Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared and keep up-to-date on the latest weather and road conditions as a powerful winter storm descends on the Cornhusker State.

Travelers can check on road closures and conditions by dialing 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System. The system can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone or online at The state patrol issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme weather conditions:

• Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when absolutely necessary.

• Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.

• If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

Let others know when you are going, when you will arrive, and what route you are taking.

• If you do become stranded while traveling, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life-threatening.

 If your vehicle does become stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.

 Carry a red flag or bandanna in your car and attach it to the outside to signal you are in trouble.

• Be sure to include a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as you travel, including an emergency first-aid kit, mobile phone charger, blankets or sleeping bags, jumper cables, flashlight and extra batteries.

Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe by dialing *55 from any cell phone or 800-525-5555 from any landline.

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