Sleet, snow, freezing rain creating slick conditions in southeast Nebraska

Sleet, snow, freezing rain creating slick conditions in southeast Nebraska
Motorists travel along Nebraska Highway 15 in Fairbury on Thursday afternoon. Highways in this area have been reported as at least "partially covered" with ice and/or sleet.

Periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain across southeast Nebraska on Thursday have created slick conditions on numerous area highways.

While snow accumulation in this part of the state is expected to be light, with anywhere from a trace-2″ is possible, a light glaze of ice has created hazardous travel conditions.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Gage, Jefferson, Saline, Thayer, Fillmore, Seward, Saline, Lancaster and many surrounding counties until 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Republic, Washington, Clay, Cloud and Ottawa counties in northern Kansas are also under a Winter Weather Advisory until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Ice accumulations in this area could reach up to a tenth of an inch. Any precipitation will also be accompanied by wind gusts up to 40 mph.

Further north and west, large portions of central and western Nebraska are under a Winter Storm Warning, with some select counties being placed under a Blizzard Warning.

Those locations could see anywhere from 4-12 inches of snow by late Thursday night.

Blizzard-like conditions and snow covered roads caused Interstate 80 in Nebraska to be shutdown from Kearney to North Platte. I-80 eastbound was also shut down  between North Platte and Lexington.

Cody Thomas, a spokesman for the Nebraska State Patrol, says most accidents reported Thursday have been minor. There was a semi rollover reported near Grand Island that caused minor injuries.

By noon, the Nebraska State Patrol had responded to 57 motorist assists.

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