UPDATED Flood warnings issued

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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:17 am | Updated: 8:11 pm, Wed Mar 13, 2019.

Flood Warning now is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

Many roads across the area remain closed due to flooding.

In addition, a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Knox, Antelope, Pierce, Cedar, Wayne, Boone and Madison counties, beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, until 1 a.m. Friday morning.

Heavy mixed precipitation is expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze is expected. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph are expected as well.Blowing snow and high winds. Some whiteout conditions. Travel not recommended.

Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could cause extensive damage to trees and power lines.

Area schools, including in Creighton, will remain closed Thursday.

Highways 59, 13, 20, 14, 84, 57, 98, 121 and many others are impassable due to flooding, according to 511 at 2 p.m.

The National Weather Service has extended a new Flood Warning, in effect until 7:15 Wednesday night.

At 1:20 PM CDT, reports from law enforcement, emergency management, trained spotters, and social media indicate numerous roads inundated by flood waters. Additionally, many area rivers and streams are near or above bankfull with additional flooding expected.

Do not drive cars through areas where water covers the road. The water depth may be too great to allow your vehicle to pass safely. Turn around...don`t drown!

The Cedar County emergency manager, Kevin Garvin, has announced that residents in the low-lying areas of Randolph have been asked to evacuate immediately. Residents in the affected areas are asked to report to the Randolph city auditorium.

Garvin advised motorists on both state highways and county roads to slow down and use caution if they travel.

Flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service office in Omaha for most of Nebraska, through at least mid-afternoon Wednesday, and in some areas, through Friday.

The warned area includes:

Knox County, northern Antelope County, northern Pierce County, Cedar County and northwestern Wayne County.

Some of the locations that will experience flooding are Creighton,  Plainview, Creighton, Brunswick, Orchard, Bloomfield, Crofton, Niobrara, Santee, Wausa, Verdigre, Hartington, Randolph, Osmond, Coleridge,Carroll, Wynot, Laurel, Pleasant Valley, Fordyce and Belden.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation released the following information

Nebraska is encountering significant weather across the State.

Melting snow coupled with rain has created flooding in many parts of Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Transportation  is advising motorists this flooding event is rapidly evolving and will continue to change throughout the rest of the week.

Plan your travel by checking 511 prior to leaving for your destination. 511 provides the most up to date travel conditions available through 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System. The system is available at all times via phone, online at www.511.nebraska.gov, Nebraska 511’s smartphone app or by dialing 511.

This is a rapidly evolving event. Please remember, just a few inches of water can impact your vehicle’s ability to navigate, cause it to stall, or even float it. Should you encounter water over a roadway, never drive through it. Turn around – don’t drown.

Motorists are also reminded to make sure everyone in their vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in a car safety seat. Never use cruise control in wet weather.

The Knox County Sheriff's office released the following:

"KNOX COUNTY: 531 Avenue has been closed from Highway 84, just north of Center, to Highway 12 east of Niobrara, due to flooding. Travel on 533 Avenue is not recommended because of the condition of the road from washouts. Rayder Swanson Road, from Highway 12, north to Lazy River Acres is also closed due to flooding."

And, released by the Antelope County Sheriff's office:

"The governor has issued a State of Emergency for Nebraska, including Antelope County. Absolutely no travel is recommended on our county roads in Antelope County. Rural bus routes will not be running in Antelope County. The potential for heavy rainfall will only worsen these conditions as the day goes on. Please pay attention to our highways as they are becoming impassable in areas and are being closed. This is requested by Antelope County Sheriff Robert Moore and Road Superintendent Casey Dittrich. Updates will be given periodically throughout the day as conditions change."

511's maps shows Highway 59 has flooding both east and west of Creighton, as well as obstructions caused by flooding on Highway 13 south of Creighton and Highway 14 north of Highway 59, and south of Highway 20. Water was reported crossing Highway 20 in Plainview as well.

Area schools are closing early Wednesday due to the flooding and many are not running full bus routes. Creighton schools closed at 11:30, with buses running on hardtop roads only.

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