BEATRICE - What began with flurries just before noon, quickly developed into heavier snow in the Beatrice area about 45 minutes later.


Southeast Nebraska areas were expected to receive anywhere from two to seven inches of snow, with heavier amounts closer to the southeast corner of the state.
Beatrice Street Superintendent Jason Moore says crews applied deicing liquid to roads early Friday, because Thursday temperatures were too warm to apply it then. The plows and graders came out at midday, on Friday.


"Five trucks and two motor graders are out right now. Two motor graders are in the downtown area....starting to push everything to the center with the anticipation that we will have to ridge a little bit of snow. All the other trucks are out on the high volume emergency routes....two on the highways and three off in their areas running the high volume routes".


Two shifts of plowing crews were scheduled to work Friday through late evening.
"Waiting for the wind to die down, making sure nothing blows back across, making sure we don't have any treacherous spots that creep up on us. But, right now, we're gonna just keep the plows down and scrape until the wind dies down"..


Moore says treating street surfaces with salt would take place after the wind diminishes.
"We may go through and treat spots that are extremely slick or hazardous areas. But, we're going to try to hang onto the salt, until afterwards."


A winter storm warning was issued until midnight for southeast Nebraska Counties, along with portions of northwest Missouri and Southwest Iowa. Counties farther west were included in a winter storm advisory. Most of the snow was expected to move out by later Friday night, though gusty winds could continue to hamper visibility.


Some area schools dismissed classes early Friday afternoon, in advance of the wintry weather. Beatrice, Diller-Odell, Freeman, Lewiston and Southern in Nebraska had early dismissals, as did Unifed School District 223 of Hanover/Linn/Barnes, Kansas.