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Blizzard Moves Through Northeast SD

March 31, 2014, 6:10 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Blizzard Moves Through Northeast SD

Wind didn’t let falling snow sit around in northeast South Dakota Monday, it reduced visibility and created dangerous driving conditions.

By the time the snow started falling, the wind was already hard at work around Aberdeen, so were those with the Department of Transportation.

"We're watching the conditions as they change very closely. We've had some plows out there doing a little pre-treating already," Region Engineer Jeff Senst said.

Senst was in contact with other agencies involved in storm preparation and response Monday. He expected a lot of variation in storm conditions across the 18-county area he covers. Still, he says crews were prepared.

"With the high winds, any snow we get is going to make driving conditions really miserable," Senst said.

In Ipswich, FEM Electric general manager Scott Moore says he wasn't too concerned about widespread outages during the storm. When he first heard about potential rain, freezing rain and wind, he knew the electric co-op could face some problems. But once the storm arrived, he says lower temperatures prevented a lot of build-up on lines.

He says crews were ready handle problems, regardless.

"We go through training. Our guys, our office people are all trained to handle a disaster situation, big outages," Moore said.

DOT officials in the northeast will monitor conditions overnight and will likely have plows out on the highways around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

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