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Blizzard Blasts Wyoming, South Dakota Friday

Blizzard Blasts Wyoming, South Dakota Friday

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist

October 04, 2013

Blizzard conditions will continue to affect eastern Wyoming, western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska Friday.

A storm responsible for bringing record rainfall to parts of the Northwest last weekend will blast areas from the Rockies to the Plains and Midwest with snow, wind, rain, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes through Saturday.

@HenryMargusity: “Fall blizzard for parts of western South Dakota, Wyoming and western Nebraska. Over a foot of snow with winds over 40 mph.”

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Portions of I-25 and I-90, as well as U.S. routes 16 and 20 in central and eastern Wyoming have been closed Friday due to hazardous conditions, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

No travel is advised along I-90 in South Dakota between Exit 46 and 55 until the midday hours Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Difficult travel is occurring along much of I-80 and I-25 in Wyoming and I-90 in western South Dakota with snow- and slush-covered roads and poor visibility.

Rapidly accumulating snow, blowing and drifting may cause some ill-prepared motorists to get stuck or become disoriented. The storm will remain intense enough to closed additional roadways for a time in Wyoming, as well as in South Dakota and Nebraska.

Wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph, both with and without heavy snow, can also down trees and power lines.

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Cities being affected by the wind-driven snowstorm Friday include Rapid City, S.D.; Chadron, Neb.; and Cheyenne and Casper, Wyo.

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