Lodgepole, Chappell report power outages
CHAPPELL - A Christmas winter storm is being blamed for a power outage in Chappell and east of Lodgepole on Sunday.
Wheat Belt Public Power District says their crews are out and working to restore the power.
"With ice and wind expected, we will likely see issues with ice build up on our powelines," Wheat Belt said in a statement. "Pair that with wind and the lines will start galloping and slapping together causing outages."
Chappell, along with all of Deuel and Garden Counties, are in a winter weather advisory until 5 p.m. Sunday. The region could receive up to two inches of snow with wind gusts as high as 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service office in North Platte.
Lodgepole, along with the rest of Cheyenne County, and Morrill, Logan and Sedgwick Counties are in an advisory until 11 a.m.
The weather service says to plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
"Most of western and north central Nebraska has switched over to snow, but there are still areas of rain that will slowly switch to snow during the next few hours," The National Weather Service office in North Platte said Sunday morning. "We are already starting to see strong northerly winds with visibilities down to one mile or less."
According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Interstate 80, Highway 30, Highway 138 and Highway 385 are completely covered in snow. Highway 27 was partially covered in ice and slush.
All roads in Cheyenne County were partially covered in snow. Highway 30 became completely covered in snow at Sunol. I-80 at Lodgepole was completely covered in snow.
NDOT plows were out clearing roads across the region Sunday morning, but the weather service warned of remaining slick spots and patches of ice under snow.
"Blowing and drifting snow may quickly cover up a freshly plowed road," the NWS said. "If you absolutely must travel, please be careful, and have an emergency winter kit in your vehicle."