Interstate 80, other roadways closed by storm reopened

March 20, 2020 GMT

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Interstate 80 and other Nebraska roads and highways closed because of a winter storm in western Nebraska have reopened, officials said Friday afternoon.

A spokesman for the the Nebraska State Patrol said I-80 westbound opened first at about 9 a.m. Friday, and all other roadways opened by 10 a.m.

I-80 had closed from the Wyoming state line to North Platte following the winter storm that howled through the area. The wind-whipped snow made travel hazardous and stranded travelers and truckers. Westbound U.S. Highway 30 also had closed from the state line to Ogallala and to westbound traffic from North Platte. Part of U.S. Highway 385 and Nebraska Highway 71 also had closed.

The National Weather Service forecast mostly sunny skies Friday with wind gusts to 20 mph (32.2 kph) in the area.