Snow Grinds Life to a Halt in Central Nebraska


From cries of "Where's the snow?" to "Make it stop", central Nebraskans put life on hold as the storm that was promised slams the region.

Snow blowers rumble on nearly every block in Grand Island, while others shovel and de–ice.

It may be a snow day, but it's no vacation for those trying to keep up with deteriorating conditions.

"Not liking it. We need it, but I don't know about this much," a Pump and Pantry clerk said.

Some had to scoop out so they could clock in.

And at least early on, some thought the storm might fizzle out.

"Wasn't snowing at all but then it started picking up again," Katlyn Thummel said outside of a Casey's store.

Katie Hixon of Sin City Grill said, "I was actually surprised when I woke up. Thought there was going to be more, so I figured it would get worse and it definitely did."

Downtown Grand Island was a ghost town, except for a handful of government workers and business people.

Hixon said, "I just basically see store owners go back and forth and that's all I've seen. Haven't seen many customers."

With burgers so good they say they're sinful, at least one downtown Grand Island restaurant stayed open, but they had nearly as many customers as staff at Sin City Grill.

"Had two tables," Hixon said.

But some out–of–towners braved the roads.

"They're not too bad. Wind isn't blowing so they're a little slick. Not too bad," said Randy McDonald of Phillips.

Not counting schools, hundreds of businesses closed their doors.

More than 230 business announcements were posted on NTV's website. Those who stayed open didn't see much traffic.

Thummel at Casey's said, "It's pretty slow today. I think everyone should just stay inside. Be a lot better."

Convenience stores were about the only ones staying open, helping people gas up their snow blowers and pickups.

But honest employees admit they'd much rather have taken a snow day.

"I was hoping I was snowed in."

Police say they haven't had too many accidents.

But the problem they're seeing is the same as many of us – they just can't get around.

Sgt. Stan Steele told NTV they actually traded in their Ford Crown Victorias with the street department for four wheel drives.