Highway 81 Closed Off North of Highway 20 Intersection

Highway 81 Closed Off North of Highway 20 Intersection
Traffic Camera at Hwy 81 and Hwy 20 intersection

NORFOLK — A northeast Nebraska highway is shut down due to blizzard conditions this morning.

Nebraska State Patrol Captain Paul Hattan says the NSP and Department of Roads have closed Highway 81 from the intersection with Highway 20 north to the South Dakota border.

He says blizzard conditions have dropped visibility to zero and vehicles are getting stranded.  He says a semi has jackknifed on the highway and forced traffic to slow.  When the cars drop their speed they are getting high-centered and forcing more backups.

Hattan does not recommend travel north of Norfolk.  He says the road will be shut down for several hours as officials wait for the wind to die down.

The Department of Roads’ 511 map also lists Highway 35 between Norfolk and Winside as impassable.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6:00 PM in the Norfolk area while a Blizzard Warning is issued in Knox and Cedar Counties through 6:00 PM.

The Norfolk Airport has registered a peak wind gust of 53 miles per hour today.