Snow Emergency Declared in Beatrice

BEATRICE – A mid-January blast of snow clipped southeast Nebraska overnight Friday, into Saturday.

As of seven a.m. Saturday, six inches of snow had fallen in Beatrice, with the snow continuing.   The fact there was almost no wind with the system, likely made it easier to deal with.

State snowplows had cleared highways in the overnight period, and on Beatrice arterial streets…those that take the most traffic….city crews had made the rounds.   What few motorists were out early in the morning were able to make their way around, without much trouble. 

A snow emergency had been declared by the City of Beatrice, through seven p.m, Saturday.  City Street Superintendent Jason Moore says his crews have been working since 8 p.m., Friday, and were going to apply road material Saturday morning, after most of the clearing is done.

:09                  “not a whole lot”

Several private contractors with trucks and blades were also working to clear business lots of snow.

Isolated power outages were possible with the snow system, because of the heavy wet nature of the snow, sticking to trees and power lines.  Temperatures held around the freezing mark.

:23                  “some tree damage”

Moore says a second crew was scheduled to come in at noon on Saturday, to begin clearing residential streets.

:09                  “opened up”

The southeast part of Nebraska, northern and northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa were included in a winter weather advisory, in advance of the snow system.

As for other early morning reports on the snow Saturday morning, Fairbury and the town of Cook had received eight inches, seven in Hubbell, nearly seven in Clatonia and Cortland.

Snowfall amounts of at least four inches across the region, were common.

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