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Wind, Ice, and Snow for Monday

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Most of the attention on South Dakota weather today will be focused on the northeast corner of the state and much of Minnesota as 40 – 60 mph winds are expected through Monday creating hazardous conditions with no travel advised.

A little closer to home, the southeast corner, a bit of snow, rain, and drizzle fell overnight making the roadways icy for morning commuters. Before sunrise the temperatures were hovering around the freezing mark of 32 degrees but that’s changing quickly.

Temperatures around the Sioux Falls area will drop steadily through the morning and settle around 21 degrees by noon today.

An individual who clears commercial lots called early this morning and reported an 1/8 inch of ice on sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots.

Our early morning callers all agreed on one thing. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.. From the National Weather Service:

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS
EVENING...

* TIMING…FLURRIES WILL BE POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING…FOLLOWED
BY SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON
HOURS. IN ADDITION…SOME ICY CONDITIONS WILL BE FOUND EARLY
THIS MORNING FROM SLEET AND SNOW WHICH FELL EARLIER THIS
MORNING.

This advisory covers a large area of SE South Dakota, SW Minnesota, and NW Iowa through this evening.

According to an early morning traveler southbound on I-29 said that the sanders had been out anticipating slippery roads.

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View south of Watertown, SD at 5:14am – courtesy of SafetravelUSA./SD
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Dry/Normal

Scattered Wet
Wet
Wet/Snow
Scattered Snow/Slush
Snow/Slush
Wet/Slippery
Scattered Ice/Slippery
Frost/Ice/Slippery
Snow/Ice/Slippery
No Travel Advised
Closed/Blocked/Impassable
Unknown
Fog/Low Visibility

Timeline of calls:

4:32am: Sanders were out earlier and I-29 was “gritty” and still had traction.

5:02am: Scattered slippery spots on I-29.

5:12am: people were traveling at normal speeds on I-90 eastbound near Salem, SD

5:35am: Drizzle making SF roads slippery at intersections. Staying on well-traveled roads for now.

5:33am: Caller who clears and treats parking lots commercially said driveways, sidewalks, and lots have an 1/8 inch of ice on them.

5:57am: My driveway is a sheet of ice! – Dell Rapids caller.

6:04am: Driving east from Mitchell on I-90 and starting to get icy near the Salem exit.

6:14am: KSFY news van “did a few 360′s” on an on-ramp to interstate.

6:46am: Travel north on I-29 progressively getting worse the further you go.

8:09am: Big slowdown exit 73 (Tea exit) be prepared to stop.

 

 

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