Wind Causing Some Drifting and Bitter Cold Temperatures

NORFOLK — Winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour have slowed travel in northeast Nebraska on Thursday morning despite snow and ice not hitting the region as hard as predicted.

Snow fell between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM and was blown by the high winds immediately.  The Department of Transportation has highways in the area listed as partially covered but from driving on Highway 81, wind is affecting driving more than snow.

One area of concern in Norfolk is drifting.  It snowed less than an inch but has drifted to more than that against building and near side streets.  The painted parking lines on the north side of Norfolk Avenue in downtown are not visible and are completely covered with snow.

An official with the Norfolk Street Division says plows are out in town and are aiming to clear the areas where snow has drifted.  They do not have plans to treat the roads with salt or brine because ice is not a concern.

The wind is expected to blow consistently above 25 miles per hour out of the northwest until 5:00 PM when it begins to calm down into the overnight hours.

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