There’s no doubt — winter is here

December 28, 2018

The calendar says winter arrived last week. If there were any doubts, Thursday’s weather conditions should eliminate those rather quickly.

Overnight drizzle that began to turn to ice early Thursday in the Norfolk region made for treacherous travel conditions. Extremely slick road conditions were observed, with some cars in ditches on Highway 81 and vehicles having trouble making it up the steeper hills in Norfolk.

One of the accidents included what looked to have involved three vehicles on Highway 81 near the Hadar turnoff. It left one vehicle upside down and two others in the ditch.

Numerous vehicles also were reported in ditches, including several between Norfolk and Madison.

Because of the conditions, businesses opened late Thursday morning while other activities were canceled in Norfolk, including those at the Norfolk Senior Citizens Center. Holiday basketball tournament games scheduled for Thursday also were being postponed.

By 8:30 a.m. Thursday, de-icer trucks were making the rounds in Norfolk, resulting in improved traction.

The National Weather Service forecast snow and ice to continue the rest of Thursday into Friday morning, with temperatures not expected to get above freezing. A winter weather advisory for Madison County was issued that extends to Friday at 6 a.m.

Total snow accumulation of up to 4 inches is possible, with winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

Northeast Nebraska’s weather is part of a large winter storm slamming the central and northern U.S. The area of the U.S. under winter storm advisories stretches diagonally from eastern Colorado across the heart of Nebraska into the Dakotas and Minnesota.

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