Wind and snow; that will be the story this weekend.The National Weather Service has issues a Blizzard Warning for much of South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska; as well as parts of northwestern Iowa.

The warning is in effect from Friday through Saturday evening. Strong winds and several inches of snow are possible in the watch area. Travel could become very difficult and dangerous Friday night and Saturday.


* WHAT...Rain will change to snow from west to east on Friday
  evening, with blizzard conditions expected by later on Friday
  night. There could be a brief period of freezing rain over
  southwestern MN early Friday evening, with light ice
  accumulation possible before changing over to all snow by mid
  evening. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause whiteout
  conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is
  likely. Snowfall rates could average 1 to 2 inches per hour on
  Friday night into Saturday morning. Total snow accumulations of
  10 to 14 inches are expected, with localized amounts up to 17

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

* WHEN...From 7 PM Friday to 7 PM CDT Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will be very dangerous to
  impossible. Tree branches could fall.


A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you.  If you get
stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.



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