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Nebraska officials warn citizens to stay home amid blizzard conditions

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - The city of Norfolk, Nebraska faced blizzard conditions Friday.

The high winds blew the snow around, which lowered the visibility and made for pretty poor driving conditions. Officials from the Norfolk Police Division said residents should only travel if necessary.

"Driving is a little bit more difficult today due to the weather, there are strong winds and the snow creating the reduced visibility. If you don't have to go anywhere please don't. Stay home, stay safe" said Mike Bauer, Captain of the Norfolk Police Division.

And Nebraska DOT Officials are reminding motorists that if you can't see the road, you really shouldn't be driving.

"Really wanna make sure that we encourage folks that if visibility, as it is in a lot of places where it's wide open, is really low, its a good day not to travel, said Jeni Campana the Director of Communication and Public Policy for the Nebraska DOT. "If you can't see the road, you can't see where you're going, it's not really safe."

Campana also said that if you absolutely must drive, go slow, increase your following distances, and make sure you turn off cruise control.

Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger said that there really is no reason to be out unless its an emergency.

He says his area has struggled with visibility issues since he went outside after 5 am today. Unger says the changes are drastic throughout the day, saying one minute everything is fine and the next they have zero visibility again. Sheriff Unger also says that if you have to travel, pack essential items just in case you get stranded.

Brett Mayerson

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