Winter Storm Eboni brings snow and wind
OSMOND — Winter Storm Eboni hit the area hard on Thursday of last week. With 4-8 inches of snow predicted early on, the freezing drizzle that preceded it and the northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph caused slick roads and blizzard conditions. The Holiday Basketball Tournament at Verdigre in which the Osmond Tigers were to participate, planned for Thursday and Friday, was postponed to Friday and Saturday, and the boys’ and girls’ team meal scheduled for Thursday was postponed to a later date. Other area games and events were also postponed, and many businesses in the area closed early. In news across the state, the Nebraska Department of Roads closed down both I-80 and U.S. Highway 30 between North Platte and Lexington. Additional road closures included U.S. 30 and I-80 from Kearney to Lexington. Storm Spotters in the area reported wind gusts of up to 47 mph. National Weather Service officials on Thursday predicted the highest snow totals would be seen in a line from Broken Bow to O’Neill, with possibilities of snowfall up to one foot in those areas by Friday. As Eboni moved across the Plains and Upper Midwest, whiteout conditions in Kansas prompted officials to issue a disaster declaration. In Utah, two highway patrol vehicles were involved in separate crashes Wednesday on slick roads, while in New Mexico, a sheriff’s deputy was struck by a vehicle on a snowy road Wednesday.
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