Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Blizzard buries region in snow - again

Blizzard buries region in snow - again

Heavy snow already blanketed parts of western Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota by early afternoon Friday, closing major highways in South Dakota and many roads and highways in western Nebraska - including a 200-mile stretch of cross-country thoroughfare Interstate 80 from North Platte west to the Wyoming border.

"Snowfall and decreasing visibility in the area are making it hard for road crews to clear roads before they're again covered with snow", stated a release from the county.

Farther north, blizzard conditions will develop late this afternoon and evening in the Northern Plains.

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Travel will be very risky to impossible.

For state road and travel conditions call the Kansas Department of Transportation at 511 from any phone.

Ranchers should take necessary actions to protect young livestock especially vulnerable to the strong winds, blizzard conditions, and much colder temperatures.

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The mountains have seen between 2-6 inches of snow with up to five inches more possible through the evening. At least 11 inches of snow had fallen in Valentine, and areas near Chadron and Sidney received almost 10 inches.

The National Weather Service extended the state's blizzard warning to include the Twin Cities at about 12:30 p.m., in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday. Although considerable ice remains on the bay, it is likely to get shifted around by the wind. High regarding wind and blowing snow. In Haughton, La., a toddler was killed early Saturday when a tree fell on an RV as she and her family slept inside, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.

Temperatures Saturday night and Sunday night are expected to fall into the low to mid 20s which maybe risky to any sensitive vegetation that has started blooming.

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