YORK—York City offices were closed Monday, along with York’s library, auditorium, community center and Holthus Center, according to City Administrator Sue Crawford.
Crawford said the landfill is also closed to the public.
The York Police Department responded to several accidents within city limits on Monday, according to a social media post. Its administrative offices were closed, but the service remained responsive.
The York County Sheriff’s Office also posted on social media that between 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. there were 10 crashes or vehicles in a ditch. The York Fire Department also responded Monday.
A weather update provided by the National Weather Service in Hastings, around 6 a.m. Monday morning, reported that portions of the previously mentioned winter storm warning area were upgraded to a « blizzard warning. »
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As of 11:45 a.m., the weather service said hazardous travel conditions would persist throughout the day. Travel is not recommended.
The enhanced warning comes with a warning of likely persistent wind gusts between 45 and 50 mph. Elsewhere, the winter storm warning continues, with “blizzard-like” conditions expected.
NWS meteorologists also noted that the blizzard warning may need further extension as the day progresses. Total snow accumulations are estimated to be between 6 and 10 inches, with isolated higher and lower accumulations possible. The snow is expected to be wet at first, then become dry and fluffy as the storm progresses. There was no major change in the timing of the storm.
Strong northerly winds will persist throughout the day and into Tuesday morning, hampering post-storm cleanup efforts.
Dangerous cold weather is also expected to arrive later this week, for the first time this season across the entire region. Wind chills are expected to reach -20 to -30 degrees below zero beginning Thursday, January 11. NWS-Hastings is warning Nebraska residents to prepare to wear proper winter clothing, take precautions to avoid frostbite or hypothermia, and protect sensitive pipes or plumbing in homes.
More weather information will be shared as it becomes available.