Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO-AM) – State officials are advising motorists that travel may become difficult, if not impossible, today across much of South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves across the state.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning from the Northern Hills to just west of Mobridge with snowfall totals from 7-12”. Heavy snow from 7-10” in northwest South Dakota is also expected.
A blizzard watch is in effect from central portions of the state across to the northeast. Depending how the storm moves through the state and snowfall amounts, the watch could be upgraded to a warning in this area.
Rain and sleet will turn over to snow during the overnight hours and during the day on Monday as the storm moves from west to east. Areas of northeast South Dakota, especially in the Sisseton Hills area on I-29, could see up to ¼ inch of ice before the snow starts to fall.
Strong winds from 25-35 mph, with gusts of 40-50, mph may cause near-zero visibility, snow-packed and slippery roadways and possible drifting snow.
“Blizzard conditions will make travel extremely difficult, if not impossible, throughout much of South DakotaSunday night and throughout the day on Monday,” says Darin Bergquist, secretary of the Department of Transportation. “Conditions may deteriorate rapidly as the storm moves across the state and people should make plans to stay put or extend their stay on Monday until conditions improve.”
People who must travel should drive with extreme caution and are encouraged to visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories before heading out.