Winter Storm Warning – Snow Alert [UPDATE]
A Winter Storm Warning continues for the Sioux Empire. Snow, wind and cold are the main concerns.The winds are expected to pick up and temputures will drop as the snow ends Wednesday.Travel will continue to be difficult. Call 511 for road conditions or go to Safetravel.com.
The City of Sioux Falls has issued a Snow Alert: Plowing of Emergency Snow Routes began earlier today and will continue until routes are clear. All vehicles parked on Emergency Snow Routes are subject to immediate ticketing and towing.
For more info about this system, watch this update from our friends at the Sioux Falls office of the National Weather Service.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD 1024 AM CST WED DEC 4 2013 ROCK-MCCOOK-MINNEHAHA-TURNER-LINCOLN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LUVERNE...SALEM...CANISTOTA... BRIDGEWATER...MONTROSE...SIOUX FALLS...PARKER...CENTERVILLE... MARION...VIBORG...HURLEY...CHANCELLOR...CANTON...LENNOX...TEA... HARRISBURG 1024 AM CST WED DEC 4 2013 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... * TIMING...MUCH OF THE ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL OCCUR THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS...WITH PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW LINGERING IN THE AFTERNOON. * ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AVERAGING 4 TO 7 INCHES ARE EXPECTED...HOWEVER SNOW AMOUNTS WILL RAPIDLY DECREASE SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 90 TO ONLY AROUND 2 OR 3 INCHES OR LESS IN SOUTHERN LINCOLN COUNTY SOUTH DAKOTA. * WIND AND VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS AND AVERAGE 20 TO 30 MPH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THIS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES AT TIMES TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES IN OPEN AREAS. * WIND CHILL VALUES...WIND CHILL VALUES WILL CONTINUE TO STEADILY DECREASE THROUGH THE MORNING...AND SETTLE IN TO AROUND ZERO DEGREES BY MIDDAY AND THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. THE WIND CHILLS WILL THEN FALL FURTHER THIS EVENING AND WILL BE CLOSE TO 15 BELOW BY LATE EVENING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.