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Residents of southeast Nebraska had a slick commute to work Friday morning, as the Beatrice area received a mix of snow and ice.

Beatrice Street Superintendent Jason Moore said the snow started at approximately 3:30 a.m., and turned into a wintery mix around 7:15 a.m.

By 7 a.m., the Beatrice Municipal Airport recorded the city received roughly two inches of snow.

School was cancelled for the majority of area districts including Beatrice Public Schools.

According to the city ordinance, only the emergency and priority routes will be treated in two inches or less of snow. Residential streets will not be treated or plowed.

Moore said he does not anticipate treating the residential streets this weekend.

The city's emergency and priority routes can be found online at beatrice.ne.gov.

"Everything has been treated once and we're scraping the slush off," Moore said. "We'll go back and treat it again. Honestly, I really expect the temperature to warm up a little bit above freezing and help us out a little. I would really look for the roads to be in pretty decent shape hopefully by noon."

Moore said if the temperature gets above freezing this afternoon and the city receives a fair amount of rain, the street department will treat the roads again. Otherwise, Moore says there should be enough salt residue left to keep the streets clear this weekend.

Weather forecasts showed Beatrice receiving some more ice throughout the morning and snow flurries in the afternoon, with temperatures up to 37 degrees by midnight. There was a slight chance of more precipitation Saturday morning, but the weekend is forecast to be sunny with temperatures below freezing.

Closer to Lincoln, the National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory that predicts an additional 1-3 inches of additional snow.

"I just reckon people realize that there's a mix of snow and ice out there and sounds like maybe some more later, so just have due caution and take your time and drive accordingly," Gage County Sheriff Millard Gustafson said.

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