October snow storms aren't rare in South Dakota but the major system headed our way is definitely one to keep an eye on.
With a blizzard warning in the west, a severe weather threat in the east and a winter storm in the middle, the next 48 hours are critical for everyone in KELOLAND.
“This typically happens once or twice a year,” Meteorologist Scot Mundt said.
Mundt is among our experienced weather team at KELOLAND News tracking the storm.
"This type of storm is a little unusual as the makeup of the storm, coming in from the south, we have a lot of moisture in it, we have a lot of energy with it as well and we may see some of that energy mainly across southeastern KELOLAND with our chances of severe weather," Mundt said.
The best way to be safe in severe weather is to plan ahead. Stay tuned to KELOLAND News as we keep you up to date with the storm's progression.
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"Also you need an idea if it will intensify," Mundt said. "And that is one thing we will be watching as these storms develop and move across northwestern Iowa, where we could get some of the strongest storms. That storm can intensify as it moves to the northeast and in western South Dakota, in the hills, of course the snow fall rates can intensify too."
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