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11:45 am
Fri February 22, 2013

State Patrol: wear your seatbelt, watch your speed in winter weather

The Nebraska State Patrol says preparedness is key when traveling during winter weather.

More than eight inches of snow fell in Omaha during Thursday’s winter storm. Lincoln recorded five inches of snow. Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins says roads remain hazardous, and extreme caution is advised if you have to travel.

Collins says Nebraskans had several days’ notice of the storm, and for the most part, were prepared.

"People listened, they prepared, and for the most part they limited their travel, which allowed our road crews to get out and do their job, and it reduced traffic volumes and limited some accidents. Now, we encourage people to keep up the good work because we might be facing another storm coming up this weekend, and so preparedness is always the key in winter events like this."

Collins says if you have to travel during winter weather, wear your seatbelt and don’t drive faster than conditions allow. She says you should leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and others on the road.

Road conditions are available at www.511.nebraska.gov and www.511ia.org.