Much of Nebraska is under up to a foot of snow as of Monday evening, with the possibility of getting another inch on Tuesday night.
The Beatrice Municipal Airport recorded roughly six inches of snow by Monday afternoon, with other agencies predicting that the city will receive twice that amount by Tuesday morning.
Both the Gage County courthouse and Beatrice Public Schools were closed due to the weather, any the city announced a snow emergency as of midnight on Monday, which bans parking on snow emergency routes.
A list of emergency and priority routes can be found on the city’s website. The difference between the two is that in a snow emergency, parking is allowed on priority routes.
Street Superintendent Jason Moore said the street department will focus on plowing primary and emergency routes and keeping them open until the storm stops before moving to residential streets. He said the snow emergency will likely stay in place through Tuesday and probably into Wednesday.
“When everything’s done, we’ll end up taking the very next night after the storm and blowing the snow downtown and hauling it off the downtown streets,” Moore said. “My guess is you’re going to see that run into at least Wednesday.”
As of Monday afternoon, the Nebraska 511 website stated that highways across mid and south Nebraska are completely covered in snow, including both U.S. Highway 77 and Highway 136.
Moore encouraged everybody to stay home and off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
Gage County Chief Deputy Douglas Klaus seconded that sentiment. He said as of Monday morning, the department had not had to respond to any vehicle-related accidents.
“We’re hoping to keep it that way…Slow down and keep a good distance between the other vehicles,” Klaus said for those still needing to travel.
The city is predicted to receive warmer weather in the mid-40s starting Friday and into next week.
Once the weather lets up, the Beatrice city code requires all sidewalks be cleared of snow within 24 hours following every snow, and prohibits the shoveling or plowing of snow off of private properties into alleys or city streets.
More information of the city’s snow removal efforts, and maps of emergency and priority routes can be found at beatrice.ne.gov/street/page/snow-removal.