SIDNEY - Residents of the panhandle woke up to snow-covered ground today.

Measurements outside our Western Nebraska News Bureau show four inches on the ground in Sidney. The National Weather Service in Cheyenne says parts of the panhandle could receive six more inches by five o'clock today. Wind gusts are expected to peak between 30 and 35 miles per hour in the area, decreasing visibility and creating dangerous traveling conditions.

The Nebraska 511 map lists all panhandle highways as completely covered with snow. Transportation officials say Colorado has requested that Interstate 76, US Highway 138, US Highway 385 and Nebraska Highway 19 all close down to discourage travel into the state.