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Blizzard Warning Issued for Nance, Polk, Merrick Counties

15 April, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Big blizzard headed this way: up to 55 mph winds, 11 inches or more of snow

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for much of central and eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northern Nebraska through this evening.

Those high winds will combine with the intensifying snow starting around Akron for blizzard conditions that will make travel hard, if not impossible, for much of the day.

"Total snow accumulations of 7 inches to 11 inches, with localized amounts up to 18 inches, are expected", according to the bulletin posted just before noon on Thursday.

A "Blizzard Warning" from the weather service means "severe winter weather conditions ae expected or occurring".

Friday night after sunset rain will begin to change to snow from west to east as the cold side of this storm system moves in.

Pipestone County is in a Blizzard Warning from 7 p.m. tonight to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

Weather service Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said with winds possible up to 45 miles per hour, zero-visibility conditions and extremely perilous travel conditions could result.

WHAT... Blizzard conditions expected.

Video from the scene showed uprooted trees, overturned cards, damaged buildings and downed power lines.

State road and travel conditions may be accessed at the Kansas Department of Transportation KanDrive website www.kandrive.org or on a mobile device, go to 511mm.ksdot.org.

Friday's contest between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Round Rock Express at Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., was postponed "due to high winds and cold temperature", the team said in a 3:05 p.m. tweet. High winds may cause blow over of high profile vehicles. Call 511 for the latest road conditions. Do not travel. If you must travel, be sure to pack a winter survival kit.

The patrol and other agencies also helped more than 100 motorists who became stranded on I-80 near Sidney, ferrying them from their vehicles using Sidney Public Schools buses escorted by patrol cruisers and snow plows.

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