Snow cancels schools, slows traffic

January 11, 2018 GMT

A light rain Wednesday evening turned into snow Thursday morning and forced several area schools to cancel classes while providing a treacherous morning commute.

Early Thursday morning Beatrice Public Schools had announced a two-hour delay. But shortly before 8 a.m. Superintendent Pat Nauroth chose to upgrade that decision and cancel school for the day. There will be no after school activities and the BLAST program is also cancelled.

Diller-Odell, Freman, Lewiston, Norris, Tri County, Pawnee City, Wymore, Sterling also closed for the day in addition to St. Paul and St. Joseph’s schools in Beatrice.

Fairbury, Meridian and Southeast Community College-Beatrice were planning to start the school day two hours late.

Snowfall in Beatrice intensified around 8 a.m. and left approximately an inch of snow on city streets. But it was visibility that proved to be the hardest part of the morning commute as strong winds sent the snow flying and made it hard for drivers to see driving lanes and other commuters.

Law enforcement encourages caution for anyone who needs to be traveling.

This is a developing story. Check back with the Beatrice Daily Sun for more.