Neligh-Oakdale will have a regular start Friday for high school. There will be no elementary school as planned originally.
District music will go on as scheduled. Superintendent Scott Gregory said the school will excuse tardies and absences due to weather.
Bus drivers will call parents if roads look problematic for pick up.
Elgin Public, Pope John and St. Boniface students will have late starts tomorrow.
Elgin Public will begin at 10 a.m., while Pope John and St. Boniface will start at 9:50 a.m. There will be no preschool. The south bus route will not run on Friday.
As of now, the District Music Contest in Wisner will run as scheduled. Elgin students will leave at 6:30 a.m. from the school. Band and choir members will need to have themselves and their equipment loaded and ready by 6:30 am. Band director Eric Heithoff expects to return to Elgin sometime between 4-4:30 p.m.
"For those members that did not get their polo yet, I have them at the school. Make sure to wear an under armor or cotton t-shirt underneath," Heithoff said. "If anything comes up between now and leave time (or after leave time for that matter), you can call me on my cell at 402-992-7829. If I don't answer, leave a voicemail. Also feel free to email me at email@example.com or text my cell as well."
It's been a busy day for first responders, road workers and linemen as Winter Storm Wesley bears down on Antelope County.
By early afternoon on Thursday, the Antelope County Sheriff's Department said they had responded to multiple accidents, including several semis that had jackknifed on the highway. The Nebraska Department of Transportation said highways are rapidly deteriorating, as is visibility.
The Elkhorn Rural Public Power District and Nebraska Central Public Power District reported multiple power outages through Antelope and Knox counties and said linemen were on scene.
The City of Neligh declared a snow emergency and asked that all vehicles be removed from city streets.
A blizzard warning has been issued in the area due to the snow and high wind gusts predicted the next two days, according to the National Weather Service of Omaha/Valley.
Antelope and Knox counties are included in the blizzard warning, which remains in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday. The NWS predicts total snow accumulations of 3 to 11 inches and ice accumulations of around .1 inch with winds gusting as high as 40 mph, leading to whiteout conditions and making travel dangerous.
"Travel could be very difficult," the NWS states. "Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute."
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A winter storm watch has been issued and Northeast Nebraska may be in for some heavy snow on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service cautions that blizzard conditions are possible and snow accumulations of up 10 inches are possible in Antelope, Knox and Cedar counties. This winter storm watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday morning.
"A thrust of cold air from the north will initiate precipitation change from rain to snow across northeast Nebraska late Wednesday evening," the weather service states. "As of now it appears the the bulk of snow accumulations will occur over Thursday through Thursday night. In addition to this, northwest winds are expected to gusts around 45 mph, resulting near white out conditions Thursday afternoon and evening."
In addition, the weather service warns that "travel could be very difficult to impossible."
"Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches."
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