Two people from Nebraska's panhandle have disappeared in the severe winter storm, the Nebraska State Patrol said Tuesday afternoon.The two Berea residents disappeared after the family’s vehicle became stranded overnight on U.S. Highway 385 near the village of Berea, which is about nine miles north of Alliance.
Efforts to locate Lisa Conrad, 35, and her son Brandon Jr., 19, have been unsuccessful all day.
Lisa was last heard from around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when she called her husband to say she had left the car and was walking toward their home in Berea. Lisa indicated that their son Brandon Jr. was walking from their home to meet her.
The temperature was about 16 degrees and wind gusts reached 50 miles an hour at the time, according to the National Weather Service.
Conrad’s vehicle was found abandoned mid-Tuesday morning about a mile south of the Berea on U.S. 385. A search by four-wheel drive and on foot was fruitless, as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.
Collins asks anyone who may have had contact with the Conrads or knows their whereabouts to contact the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E Headquarters in Scottsbluff at (308) 632-1211.
The NSP and the Nebraska Department of Roads encourage motorists to heed all road closures as a spring snowstorm continues to pound Nebraska.
U.S. 385 is closed throughout the panhandle. I-80 is closed west of Ogallala.
"This is a very dangerous storm,” said Captain Mike Gaudreault, Troop E Commander in Scottsbluff. “The heavy snow, coupled with blowing and drifting is making travel treacherous and not advised.”
Travelers headed west are encouraged to re-evaluate travel plans and keep up on the latest weather and road condition reports 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.