Blizzard-like conditions swept through a large portion of southeast Nebraska and central Kansas on Sunday morning, with strong north winds continuing through the afternoon.
Jefferson County Emergency Management Director John McKee reports that Fairbury and the surrounding area received about eight inches of snow by the time the storm pushed through.
Snow emergencies were declared in many local communities, including Fairbury, Beatrice, Nebraska City and Washington, KS. Areas near Hollenberg and Hanover reported anywhere from 8-11 inches. Linn, KS reported eight inches as well.
Hebron reported between 2-4 inches, while Odell in Gage County reported 9-12. Six inches of snow was reported in Deshler, with 4-5″ reported in Daykin.
Norris Public Power District received calls of reported outages all morning, but they did not have an estimation on the number of outages in their coverage area.
Norris’ online outage map reported just seven outages as of 1 p.m. Sunday.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration. This came as a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney.
Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, near the Iowa border.
A portion of Interstate 80 between Omaha and Lincoln was closed Sunday for nearly three hours after a semitrailer truck jack-knifed, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes. One person was injured in that crash, according to NSP.
The Interstate reopened by 11:15 a.m. The patrol responded to 12 accidents and assisted over 50 motorists.
The city of Lincoln reported about three inches of snow on Sunday. Much of the area was under a Blizzard Warning on Sunday morning, but many areas including Lincoln, Fairbury, Wilber, Crete and Plattsmouth were downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m.
Winds on Sunday are expected to gust as high as 40-45 mph at times. An updated advisories map can be viewed here.
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