More snow hits Sunland

February 21, 2019

Beatrice citizens cleared off more snow Wednesday morning after a storm swept the area on Tuesday night.

As of Wednesday morning, the Beatrice Municipal Airport recorded a total snowfall of five inches.

Beatrice was under a snow emergency Tuesday night. That means that all cars had to be removed from the emergency snow routes to allow for better snow removal.

Jason Moore, the street superintendent in Beatrice, said snow emergencies are decided on a storm by storm basis.

Moore said that $29,517 has been spent on road clearing labor since Oct. 1. Roughly 500 tons of salt and 9,000 gallons of liquid deicer have been used to treat the roads.

These figures do not include the cost from Tuesday’s snowstorm.

The Beatrice City Code states that every person having charge of any house, building, or vacant lot shall keep all sidewalks bordering such property clear and free from all obstructions or encroachments. This includes clearing and keeping clear such sidewalks from snow and ice no less than twenty-four hours after any occurrence of snowfall, sleet, or freezing rain. If snow and ice cannot be sufficiently removed to allow safe pedestrian travel, the snow and ice remaining shall be covered with gravel, salt or sand.

The Lincoln Airport has recorded 41.2 total inches of snowfall this season, making it the 8th snowiest season in Nebraska in recorded history.

Lincoln has received 15.2 inches of snow in February, making it the 5th snowiest February in Nebraska in recorded history.

Due to the weather, Beatrice Public Schools had no school on Wednesday.

The snow is expected to continue through the weekend, with a mix of snow and rain forecast for Friday morning, and one to three inches of snowfall expected through Saturday.

There is no snow predicted for next week.