Eastern South Dakota is under a blizzard warning as gusts up to 60 mph will lead to “extremely dangerous travel conditions,” the National Weather Service says.
The warning is from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday and includes Sioux Falls, Brookings, Watertown and Yankton.
How much snow is expected?
The NWS said snowfall totals will be almost impossible to measure with the high winds, several inches of snow are possible in eastern South Dakota.
The heavy snow will stay east of Sioux Falls, with parts of southwest Minnesota getting up to 10 inches of snow.
Sioux Falls could get 2-3 inches of snow, Vermillion, Madison, Brookings and Watertown 2-4, with lower amounts expected west of those areas.
Dangerous wind conditions on the way
The NWS is advising people not to travel because of the high winds.
“If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you,” the NWS said.
A wind gust of 93 mph was reported near Buffalo with this system, and Rapid City reported a gust of 70 mph, the NWS said. Several other locations reported gusts in excess of 70 mph.
National Weather Service warnings
Areas that are not under a blizzard warning because of low snowfall totals are under a high wind warning.