LINCOLN - Several motorists who were stranded along Highway 92 in Saunders and Butler Counties had to be rescued in the wintry weather. The motorists became stranded during whiteout conditions Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Drifting snow made it difficult for rescue crews to reach many of them for several hours. By 4 p.m. Saturday, all stranded motorists who had been in contact with Nebraska State Patrol dispatch had been rescued.

Officials with Butler County were able to get through the snow drifts on Highway 92 from the west. Crews were able to reach all stranded motorists and get them to safety. NDOT and NSP teams made their way through the drifts from the east and confirmed that all stranded motorists had been located.

NSP dispatchers continued to receive calls over the weekend on the NSP Highway Helpline from new motorists becoming stranded in eastern Nebraska and troopers continue to respond to those situations. As of 5:00 p.m. Saturday, troopers had performed 173 motorist assists and responded to 6 crashes.

Since last Monday, troopers have responded to over 1,000 weather-related incidents, including 996 motorist assists.