Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wintertime Travel in Nebraska

My Honda Pilot was safe and snug inside the garage during the snow storm. Unfortunately, there's a three foot drift in front of the garage door!
It looks a little daunting from the inside.
Ta da! Thanks to the four wheel drive option on the Pilot, I was able to plow through with no problem.
Just to be on the safe side, I packed an emergency kit - blankets, coveralls, down coat, boots, food and water. Fortunately, the Interstate to Lincoln was clear and dry. However, we passed many trucks and cars in the median and ditches. Hopefully they were prepared with their emergency kits! Although, if they were traveling at the height of the blizzard, perhaps they hadn't planned ahead in other respects either!
Lincoln got considerably more snow than Western Nebraska. I've heard totals around a foot. Here is the view from the 6th floor of the Embassy Suites looking North toward UNL, Memorial Stadium in the background.
Street view in front of the Embassy Suites, 10th & P.
Street view in front of the Cornhusker Marriot, site of the Nebraska Association of County Officials convention. Elected and appointed officials from across the state gather once a year to learn how to serve their constituents better. We are here to make sure that they remember North Platte is a great location to hold their regional and smaller association meetings.
Thinking about all of our friends in Norfolk, Nebraska. Reports are of up to 8,000 being evacuated because of a major fire. It's about -10F air temperature and -20F wind chill. Not a good day to have to be evacuated from your home, although there really would never be a good day. See the Norfolk Daily News for updates.
Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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