Friday, 20 April, 2018

Blizzard warning area expands to take in Sioux City

Big blizzard headed this way: up to 55 mph winds, 11 inches or more of snow Blizzard Warning issued for much of Siouxland
Lillian Steele | 15 April, 2018, 00:34

A powerful spring blizzard swept into the state Friday, first smacking the Panhandle and central Nebraska before threatening northeastern counties. While near 1 inch of snow is expected in and around the metro, the greatest snow accumulations are likely west and north of the metro where Blizzard Warnings and Winter Storm Watches are in place.

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

All of Hub Territory is in a blizzard warning that took effect at 7 p.m. Friday and runs until 7 tonight (Saturday).

Denver will sit on the western edge of potential blizzard conditions developing on the adjacent plains by Friday afternoon.

Due to conditions, travel will be unsafe to impossible.

Although winds were strong across the state Friday, the storm didn't come close to the devastating hurricane-force blasts seen January 9, 2017, which downed trees, knocked out power and damaged roofs and vehicles.

State road and travel conditions may be accessed at the Kansas Department of Transportation KanDrive website www.kandrive.org or on a mobile device, go to 511mm.ksdot.org. High winds may cause blow over of high profile vehicles. Areas northwest of Sioux City could get pummeled much harder, as Yankton, South Dakota, might see a foot of snow.

The National Weather Service warning includes predictions of wind gusts up to 55-60 miles per hour, total snow accumulations of 4-7 inches, and localized amounts of up to 10 inches of snow in south-central Nebraska and north-central Kansas.

Area school, including RE-1 Valley and Merino, called off school for today yesterday based on anticipated conditions.

Emergency management officials say if you stay home, it is a good idea to make sure your home emergency kit is well-stocked, too, due to the possibility of power failures.

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