As turkeys thawed and bags were being packed for a trip to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family, Mother Nature was unleashing a plan of her own that would throw a monkey wrench into the week. As weather forecaster began issuing winter weather alerts on Monday, Nov. 25, many schools and businesses heeded the warnings - with school being canceled for Tuesday, Nov. 26, all across the area.

Gothenburg Public Schools was one of the many who decided to call off classes for Nov. 26 the day before, though Superintendent Todd Rhodes said that is not typical. During a discussion held earlier in November, Rhodes said when it comes to inclement weather he usually decides early that morning whether to hold school that day. Not this time.

With forecasters calling for several inches of snow and strong winds during the day Nov. 26, Rhodes made the decision by early afternoon the day before to cancel class for that day. That meant the kids got an extra-long Thanksgiving break.

NeRain, the reporting site used by the National Weather Service, reported most locations in our area received a total of six to eight inches of snow during the storm. The strong winds caused some visibility issues, prompting the Nebraska Department of Roads to close portions of I-80 west of Ogallala and east of Kearney.

Several businesses in Gothenburg were also closed for the day Nov. 26, and Mayor Joyce Hudson declared a snow emergency in the city effective from noon Nov. 26 until 6 a.m. Nov. 27. During a snow emergency vehicles must not be parked on the street along the emergency routes. The Gothenburg Police Department also noted that parking was not allowed in the downtown area between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. on Nov. 27, to allow the city crews to remove the snow from the downtown streets.

Contact Ellen Mortensen at ellen@gothenburgleader.com or call 308.536.6499