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Blizzard Whites Out Brookings

January 26, 2014, 10:08 PM by Leland Steva

Blizzard Whites Out Brookings

The town of Brookings was among the cities hit hard by the blizzard today. White out conditions made getting around the city difficult.

Anywhere you looked in Brookings today, all you could see was white. The wind blew snow across streets, off rooftops, even back onto Elaine Grings sidewalk as she tried to shovel.

"I used to enjoy winter," Brookings resident Elaine Grings said.

Grings tried to clean off her driveway when she saw the sun shining in the morning before the wind came howling. Today she was trying to be productive, but normally she has a different plan.

"Cold days like this I would probably be in the house with a good book and a warm blanket," Grings said.

I-29 was closed across much of South Dakota with horrible driving conditions. Grings doesn't plan to drive at all today, but she makes sure she is prepared before she gets behind the wheel.

"Just drive carefully, make sure I got my winter survival gear in the car, and just be as careful as I can," Grings said.

Andrew Kosten was also out shoveling today. He went to the University of South Dakota, but he says the city of his school's biggest rival has more difficult winters.

"Compared to Vermillion it's a little rougher, little snowier," Brookings resident Andrew Kosten said.

Kosten grew up in Tennessee. Most people are upset with the blowing snow and the white out conditions, but he likes what winter has to offer.

"For me this is pretty special. I've lived in various locations in the country but by far this is probably the snowiest," Kosten said.

Even for someone that likes winter, Mother Nature was too angry for him today.

"I'm probably going to get inside pretty soon here," Kosten said.


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