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Snowfall totals expected from storm
courtesy of NWS Rapid City
Snowfall totals expected from storm

Potent spring storm expected to bring blizzard conditions Wednesday


Gary Matthews - March 12, 2019

STURGIS, S.D. – Almost the entire western half of South Dakota will soon be under a blizzard warning – an upgrade from earlier watches and warnings posted earlier today.

Forecasters say the potent winter storm system that will be moving into the area overnight will affect a large portion of the northern plains.

The system will produce heavy snow, strong winds and freezing rain.

Strong winds gusting over 60 mph and heavy snow will create blizzard conditions on much of the western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming plains.

Meteorologist Shane Eagan at the National Weather Service in Rapid City says look for the storm to begin ramping up tomorrow morning.

He says snowfall amounts of 18 to 24 inches will be possible under the main band of snow, which will setup over parts of the western South Dakota plains. Favored areas of the Northern Hills are also likely to see similar amounts and Sturgis is right on the borderline – but Eagan says he anticipates 16-20 inches is the most likely scenario.

Eagan says 6-14 inches of snow is expected over parts of northeast Wyoming into the far northwestern South Dakota plains.

With winds expected to gust 60 to even 70 mph, travel will likely become impossible, and the state department of public safety says expect closed roads.

Forecasters say this storm is bringing back memories of Winter Storm Atlas from October of 2013. They say it’s powerful, but we won’t see the tree damage like we did then because there are no leaves on the trees.

The heavy snow, however, could lead to power outages and area rural cooperatives are encouraging people to prepare in case they lose power.

 



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