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Snow disrupts school and government in Central Nebraska

Temporary parking ban in downtown Hastings Tuesday night
Snow began falling overnight and will continue to pile up throughout Monday before ending after...
Snow began falling overnight and will continue to pile up throughout Monday before ending after dark.(KSNB)
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 7:42 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 at 10:55 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A snow storm predicted to drop up to a foot of snow in Central Nebraska stopped a lot of otherwise routine work Monday.

Among the delays caused by the snow were:

  • Monday’s Hastings City Council meeting was postponed to Monday Feb 1.
  • The Hastings Public Library closed Monday at 11:00 AM>
  • Hastings also announced a temporary downtown parking ban for Tuesday night to allow snow plows to clear streets. The parking ban starts Tuesday night 10:00 PM and covers the streets between 1st street and 5th street from Burlington Ave to Minnesota Ave
  • The Central District Health Department in Grand Island closed as well as scheduled COVID-19 testing which was postponed to Wednesday Jan 27 9am-11am. The Grand Island WIC program was serving clients remotely on Monday.
  • Kearney city hall, public library, the Peterson Senior Activity Center and the Parks and Recreation department were closed Monday
  • The Merrick County Courthouse in Central City was closed.
  • The Nebraska State Patrol closed the weigh stations on Interstate 80 so the troopers working there would be available to help traffic patrols.

Snow began to fall overnight and by 7 a.m. had reached two-inches of snow is some areas. As much as six-inches of snow in widespread areas is expected, with over eight-inches in the tri-cities. Southeast Nebraska could get over a foot of snow.

Schools and businesses across the area are closed, and snow emergencies have been declared in each of the tri-cites. In Hastings, the snow emergency began at midnight Monday and will be in effect until noon on Wednesday. In Grand Island, the emergency will begin at 9 a.m. Monday and last until 9 a.m. Tuesday. In Kearney, the hours of the snow emergency are from 8 a.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Snow emergencies mean no parking on snow routes in the cities, or you will be towed and ticketed.

Travel is not advised, but prior to any necessary travel you are advised to call ahead, or check existing road conditions on the Nebraska Department of Roads web site.

Snow is expected to fall in the central Nebraska throughout the day and will start to taper off after dark.

Tune in to Local4 News at midday, 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. for further updates, as well as on the Local4 web site and app.

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