State Officials Preparing For Major Snowstorm

State Officials Preparing For Major Snowstorm

AP   State officials in flood-ravaged Nebraska are bracing once again for a major snowstorm that threatens to disrupt travel and endanger motorists.

The state Department of Transportation closed Interstate 80 in western Nebraska Wednesday afternoon from the intersection of Interstate 76 to the Wyoming border.

The Nebraska State Patrol is sending additional troopers into the state’s panhandle to help with any storm-related needs.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that he has extended five weather-related executive orders until May 15 to help communities gain fast access to the state’s emergency resources.

Officials say it’s too early to know whether the storm will lead to additional flooding in the state, which is still recovering from last month’s record disaster

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A storm bringing heavy snow and strong winds to several Rockies and Plains states is making travel difficult in many areas and impossible in others.

Officials have closed Interstate 29 from Brookings in east central South Dakota to the North Dakota border. They say the stretch of I-29 between Brookings and Sioux Falls is likely to be closed later in the day, and conditions on I-90 across southern South Dakota are rapidly deteriorating.

Transportation officials in Colorado say highway closures also are likely in that state. Local governments, including in Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and state government in the Denver area are closing offices early to give workers time to commute before conditions worsen.

About half of the daily flights at Denver International Airport have been canceled.