Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol responded to dozens of weather-related incidents Thursday during the late-spring storm.
Troopers performed 125 motorist assists during the storm. Troopers also responded to 21 crashes and helped other agencies with 29 incidents.
The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas of Nebraska, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said. Long stretches of I-80 and several other state highways in western Nebraska were closed for about 24 hours during the worst of it.
I-80 finally opened in both directions around 6 p.m. Thursday.
“We’d especially like to salute the team from the Nebraska Department of Transportation,” said Col. John Bolduc, the NSP superintendent . “NDOT crews continue to exceed expectations in adverse conditions. The quick decision to close specific roadways during dangerous weather conditions has undoubtedly prevented crashes.”
While the snow has passed, there are still snow-covered roads in some areas of northern and western Nebraska. NSP encourages drivers to check Nebraska 511 for the latest updates on road conditions.
Any driver who needs assistance on the road can call *55 from any cell phone to reach the NSP Highway Helpline.
“We certainly hope that this is the last blast for winter,” Bolduc said. “But our troopers and dispatchers were ready and answered the call once again, as they’ve done many times over the last several months.”