Patrol: Number of motorists stranded "too many to count"

The Nebraska State Patrol said that the number of motorists stranded across the Nebraska Panhandle were "too many to count" Monday night.

Captain Mike Gaudreault said that troopers have worked "non-stop" since the storm began, assisting motorists and responding to accidents. There have no reports of injury accidents.

He said that many motorists slid or simply drove off the roadway because visibility was so poor in heavy falling snow and blowing snow. He said that some troopers were even stuck for a while while trying to respond to calls for help.

He said that most roads in the Panhandle are closed, and said that travel is "definitely not recommended." He told motorists to "stay in shelter" until conditions improve.

There is a fine if you drive on a closed roadway.

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