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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: January 17, 2019

For more information contact
James Davidsaver
(402) 441-7441

Lancaster County Agencies Advise Caution During Upcoming Winter Storm

Lincoln, NE - January 17, 2019 - Lancaster County Emergency Management, Engineer Pam Dingman and Lancaster County Sheriff Wagner urge caution and preparation for Lancaster County residents during the anticipated winter storm on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, 2019. Lancaster County will be in a Winter Weather Advisory from 12:00 noon, Friday, Jan 18 through 6:00am Saturday, Jan 19. Snowfall estimates for southeast Nebraska are 2 to 5 inches total.

With the weekend's anticipated winter weather of single digit low temperatures with gusty winds and below zero wind chills, Lancaster County residents are encouraged to limit travel and outdoor activities. Even light snow can significantly decrease visibility due to high winds. Unpaved roads in open rural areas may be impassable.

If you must travel, let someone at your destination know your anticipated time of arrival. If you are overdue, they can check your status and contact authorities if necessary. Before heading out, ensure your vehicle is in good working order and properly stocked. If your vehicle is stuck in the snow, your safest course of action is to stay in the vehicle and call for help. If you must leave your vehicle, try to position it as far to the side of the road as possible. Do not abandon your vehicle blocking the roadway making it impassable. Vehicles blocking the road pose significant obstacles to public safety first responders and snowplows. Should you need to abandon your vehicle please call the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office at 441-6500, or the Lancaster County Engineer's 24 hour phone line at (402) 441-7797.

Once the storm has passed please remember that travel will take additional time and Lancaster County asks for your patience as we work to clear County roads.

More information about winter weather safety and travel tips.

Established in 1859, Lancaster County is Nebraska's second most populated county. Home to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lancaster County is a growing and dynamic community. In collaboration with the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County provides a variety of services for residents and has been nationally recognized for its cooperation and progressive attitude in service to residents. The mission of the Lancaster County Board is to provide sustainable governmental services for a healthy, safe and diverse community.

For more information about Lancaster County please visit the website at www.lancaster.ne.gov or call 402-441-7447.

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