KEARNEY, Neb. — Many city streets are clear in Kearney but snow removal crews still have a long day in front of them.

The city street division says plows have been working continuously since the storm began on Wednesday. All highways, four-lane arterial roads and Emergency Snow Routes have been plowed multiple times. Crews moved into residential streets late Wednesday night and were able to clear most streets to the south of 39th St. and the east of 5th Ave. The city says crews are now heading to the north and west sections of town.

A snow emergency remains in effect until 6:00 Thursday night. That means no parking is allowed on Emergency Snow Routes. The city says violators will be towed and ticketed.

The snow response follows a snow event that set records in the region. Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney each received more than 10 inches of snow. The totals set records for January 18th in Grand Island and Hastings. This was the biggest snow storm in about two years. On Jan. 25-26, 2021, Grand Island had 10.4 inches, Hastings 9.3 inches and Kearney 7 inches.

As of 8:15 A.M., Interstate 80 and Highway 30 remained closed from Grand Island to the west. All highways north out of Kearney are also closed. The Nebraska Department of Transportation says it hopes to reopen I-80 and the highways around midday.