The first snow of the year in the portions of the Upper Midwest is hitting with full force – an all out blizzard. Heavy snow continues in parts of Eastern South Dakota and Western & Northern Minnesota with wind gusts above 40 mph. White out conditions have been reported with significant blowing and drifting snow. A Blizzard Warning continues for Eastern South Dakota and Western Minnesota, with Winter Storm Warnings from Nebraska to Northern Minnesota.
Best advice: Just don't drive in it if you don't have to!
Near blizzard conditions in Watertown, SD.
The inclement weather will spread east. pic.twitter.com/8gDCdwWDAz
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LIVE: Northern plains #Blizzard update from Alexandria, MN b
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— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) November 18, 2016
Snowfall totals have varied significantly, with the heaviest accumulations so far in the 4 to 7″ range. Parts of Northern Minnesota could see another 6 to 12″ of snow.
The wind is the biggest problem. With sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts to 50 mph, near zero visibility with white out conditions are likely into this evening in Eastern South Dakota into Western & Northern Minnesota. Travel is discouraged in many areas.
— NWS Aberdeen (@NWSAberdeen) November 18, 2016
— MnDOT District 8 (@MnDOTsouthwest) November 18, 2016
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels