I-80 Reopened in Western Nebraska after 10 foot snow drifts cleared

(Lincoln, NE) -- I-80 in far Western Nebraska is reopened today after four days of blizzard conditions. The blizzard began Monday, and the interstate wasn't completely reopened until Thursday afternoon.

"What we've seen is drifting of several feet, ten feet or so." Cody Thomas, Nebraska State Patrol tells KFAB News.

"I've seen images where the plows have built a wall of snow on one side of the road."

Thomas says it was a difficult job.

"Drifting has been a major issue in the panhandle. Some of the areas they were able to hit, the wind continued to push the snow back out onto the roads and created some heavy drifts."

Thomas says the Nebraska State Patrol assigned a trooper to each of the snow plows in case the plow driver ran into trouble in the dangerous conditions.

Photo from Nebraska State Patrol

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