Weather latest: Strong winds across South Dakota


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Strong winds are blowing snow that fell overnight, creating some dangerous conditions in parts of South Dakota.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says strong winds are causing hazardous driving conditions for truck drivers. High wind warnings are in effect for all of South Dakota through Friday.

According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, wind gust up to 70 mph are possible in western and central South Dakota through Friday morning. The eastern part of the state should expect wind gusts up to 60 mph through the afternoon.

Lincoln County authorities are reminding drivers to slow down and take their time.

Here’s a look outside our studio just before 7 a.m. Friday morning.

Our meteorologists in the KELOLAND Live Doppler HD Storm Center say blowing snow, strong winds and icy roads are common East River Friday morning. However, conditions will improve as the day goes on.

Before leaving home to travel, make sure to check on road conditions. Find updates on South Dakota’s 511 website.

Here’s a look at the map as of 11 a.m. on Friday. The pink/black dotted roads indicate scattered ice and slippery conditions. The solid pink roads mean they have frost/ice/slippery conditions.

It’s prompted some schools to delay opening or close for Friday. Visit the KELOLAND Closeline for the latest listings.

As we go through the day, the snow will taper off with flurries left by the noon hour, but winds will remain strong with gusts still at 40 miles per hour and more during the morning hours.

Be aware of blowing snow, reduced visibilities and slick road conditions during the morning hours. Winds slowly decrease during the afternoon and evening.

Visit the KELOLAND Weather page for the latest forecast and updates on conditions.

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