OMAHA, Neb. — A winter storm has brought near blizzard conditions to much of Nebraska.

The National Weather Service says more than 10 inches (26 centimeters) has already fallen on North Platte in western Nebraska, and near zero visibility has been reported near Cambridge.

Weather service meteorologist Aaron Mangels said snow started to fall on Hastings in south-central Nebraska around 5:30 a.m., and he expected 5 to 6 inches (13 to 15 centimeters) to accumulate by the storm’s exit around 3 p.m.

The Nebraska Transportation Department websites shows around three-quarters of the state’s roads are covered with snow. A section of Nebraska Highway 2 from Dunning to Ansley was listed as impassable, with whiteout conditions.

The storm forced closure of the Woodbury County Courthouse in Sioux City, Iowa.

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