The blizzard knocked out power earlier this morning in Pender and Bancroft, but power has been restored.
The strong winds and heavy snow is producing “galloping” power lines, which are capable of producing power outages.
Cuming County Public Power District General Manager Chet McWhorter says be sure to call them if you experience a power outage and don’t assume they’ll know about it.
West Point and Northeast Nebraska will be in a Blizzard Warning until 6pm this evening.
Visibility was near zero in Columbus and Norfolk Monday morning.
Visibility began deteriorating rapidly at 8am in West Point.
Snow removal crews were pulled off of duty around Columbus earlier Monday.
Drifting snow is closing roads and even parking lots, with north wind gusts near 40 mph around West Point.
Travel is dangerous, if not impossible.
Numerous cars and trucks are in ditches in the area. A semi was reported in a ditch several miles south of West Point along Highway 275 around 9 am.
Highway 32, an east-west route between Tekamah and West Point was drifting over near Oakland and elsewhere despite efforts by road crews.
The forecast is for heavy snow at times with thunder possible. Widespread blowing snow, mainly between 11 am and 5 pm with winds from the north at 29 to 38 mph, gusting as high as 55 mph. Daytime snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches is expected.
Tonight, snow mainly before 8 pm. There will be areas of blowing snow before 2 am. Winds will decrease after midnight to 16 to 21 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph. New snow accumulation of less than an inch is possible.