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Storm could bring blizzard-like conditions to area

Sunday, March 30, 2014
While maybe not as bad as first thought, a late-winter storm could still make for a messy Monday in Central South Dakota. A blizzard watch has been issued from 7 a.m. CDT Monday to 10 p.m. CDT Monday for those in Hughes, Stanley, Sully, Potter, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, and Buffalo counties.

Throughout the weekend, the National Weather in Aberdeen has said that the timing and path of the storm will be a major factor in determining the storm's severity. Indeed, the forecast has been revised because of those factors.  

The latest forecast now calls for rain first, perhaps even sleet or freezing rain, before turning into snow. The latest prediction is less than a tenth of an inch of ice followed by four to eight inches of snow. The Weather Service says snow accumulations will be depend on how quickly the rain turns to snow.

Winds also will be a factor. The forecast calls for north winds, 25-35 miles an hour. Gusts, perhaps as high as 40 miles an hour, will start after 6 a.m. Monday. A combination of wind and strong winds could lead to blizzard and whiteout conditions. Driving will be difficult throughout most of the day.

Such conditions will continue through Monday. There is a chance of snow throughout most of the week.

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