STATEWIDE - A storm system that’s expected to drop up to a foot of snow in western Nebraska is making travel hazardous and has forced closure of highways and county roads.

The Nebraska Transportation Department says Tuesday that travelers have been barred from a stretch of Highway 385 in the Panhandle.

Also, I-76 carrying traffic from Colorado has been closed south of the Nebraska merger with I-80.

The department also says several highways in western and north-central Nebraska are covered with snow.

The National Weather Service says 8 inches of snow already has been reported at Sidney.

Schools and businesses in the system’s path opted to remain closed for the day.

The Sidney airport manager says he’s spent much of his morning keeping the runway clear for any medical flights in or out.