Winter weather could make travel difficult on Friday and Saturday

Updated again, 1/17/2020, 5:30 a.m. Winter Storm Warning Today, Blizzard Warning overnight and Saturday.

WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT.

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY.

* WHAT…For the Winter Storm Warning, snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

For the Blizzard Warning, blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of east central South Dakota and southwest Minnesota.

* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, from 8 AM this morning to midnight CST tonight. For the Blizzard Warning, from midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must
travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded,
stay with your vehicle.

 

 

Updated 1/16/2020 at 11:50 a.m.

Weather Service moves us into a Winter Storm Warning for Friday:

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WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM FRIDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST FRIDAY NIGHT.
WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* WHAT…For the Winter Storm Warning, snow and strong winds expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. For the Winter Storm Watch, blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of east central South Dakota and southwest Minnesota.

* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, from 8 AM Friday to
midnight CST Friday night. For the Winter Storm Watch, from
late Friday night through Saturday afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Prepare for possible blizzard conditions. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

From the National Weather Service:

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WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO MIDNIGHT
CST FRIDAY NIGHT...
WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT
THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* WHAT...For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills. Wind
  chills as low as 30 below zero. For the Winter Weather Advisory,
  mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6
  inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
  Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. For the Winter Storm Watch,
  blizzard conditions possible. Total additional snow
  accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light
  glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of east central South Dakota, northwest Iowa
  and southwest Minnesota.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Advisory, until 9 AM CST this morning. For
  the Winter Weather Advisory, from 6 AM Friday to midnight CST
  Friday night. For the Winter Storm Watch, from late Friday night
  through Saturday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite
  on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. Areas of blowing
  snow could significantly reduce visibility. Plan on slippery
  road conditions with the morning and evening commutes of Friday
  impacted.