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Tri-state officials are urging motorists to be prepared for the impending winter storm

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The Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared and keep up-to-date on the latest weather and road conditions as a powerful winter storm with potential to impact travel is forecast for the Cornhusker State.

Travelers can check on road closures and conditions by utilizing 511, Nebraska's Advanced Traveler Information System at www.511.nebraska.gov, the 511 Mobile Traveler Site at http://www.ndortraveler.mobi, or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069) from any landline or cellular phone for information.

The Nebraska State Patrol issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme winter weather conditions:

Travel only if absolutely necessary. Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.

Use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

Let others know where you are going, when you will arrive, and what route you are taking.

If you do become stranded while traveling, stay with your car until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.

If your vehicle does become stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.

Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach to the outside to signal you are in trouble.

Be sure to include a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as your travel.

The following are some basic items to keep in your car in case you become stranded in wintry weather: Emergency first aid kit Ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand, flashlight with extra batteries, portable battery operated radio Non-perishable snacks or dehydrated foods, blankets or sleeping bag and an extra set dry clothing, fully charged cell phone, and jumper cables Empty coffee can or plastic container.

Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.

The Iowa Department of Transportation officials say remember the basics when driving in winter conditions.

Give ‘em some room: Explain to the young driver the importance of maintaining adequate space between vehicles, demonstrating in a safe location the difference in stopping distances on dry pavement and slick roads.

See and be seen: Before starting out on the road, make sure the vehicle's windows, headlights and taillights are cleared of ice and snow.

Be prepared: Always be prepared when traveling during the winter by carrying a winter survival kit in the vehicle.

View the Iowa DOT's winter preparedness video on YouTube with your novice driver at http://www.youtube.com/iowadot.

Check on road conditions: Visit http://511ia.org/ to discover all of the ways in which travel information is available via the Web, social media, phone and your mobile device.

For the latest travel information in South Dakota visit http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/.

For the latest weather radar information click here.

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