Intense Snow Expected Saturday Afternoon, Blizzard Warning in Effect

BLIZZARD WARNINGS are in effect. First in Western Wisconsin since Dec. 8-9 2009

BLIZZARD WARNINGS are in effect. First in Western Wisconsin since Dec. 8-9 2009

Blizzard warnings stretched from northern Kansas across most of Nebraska and South Dakota into southwestern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa, with winter storm warnings and watches covering most of the rest of Minnesota, Wisconsin and MI.

Heavy snow and strong wind will continue to create white-out blizzard conditions through today and into tonight.

BLIZZARD WARNINGS are in effect. First in Western Wisconsin since Dec. 8-9 2009
BLIZZARD WARNINGS are in effect. First in Western Wisconsin since Dec. 8-9 2009

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory for mixed precipitation has been issued for portions of north central Kansas on Saturday.

Additionally, the city of Sioux City on Friday announced a snow emergency designation would go into effect at 2 a.m. Saturday.

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High wind warnings remain in effect until midnight Friday with gusts up to 65 miles per hour expected.

Airport officials expected flights to resume by 7 p.m. Saturday. Damage to trees and power lines is possible.

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A tweet from the Sioux County (Iowa) Sheriff's Office on Friday said, "Please prepare now and be ready to halt travel later Friday & Saturday for a unsafe winter storm. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle".

Because of winter weather conditions, the Kansas Department of Transportation closed K-27 from the US 36 junction to the Nebraska state line, and USA 36 from St. Francis to the Colorado state line. Adjacent areas in Nebraska, north into South Dakota will also experience blizzard conditions. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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The best chance for snow accumulation will be in northwest Kansas, north of Interstate 70, where three to six inches of snow could fall.

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