Winds cause the problems with storm

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Winds were the culprit of Tuesday and Wednesday’s winter storm as the winter season ended with a bang.As of Wednesday (Feb. 29) about four inches of snow had fallen in the storm, according to Boyd Naasz at the Mobridge Water Plant. He said that might not be accurate because it is very difficult to get a measurement when these types of winds accompany a snow event.

According to the National Weather Service Website, the Mobridge area received more than four inches by 9 a.m. on Wednesday. In other areas, heavier snow had fallen by Wednesday morning. According to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow website, at 9 a.m., Aberdeen had received 8 inches of snow; Herreid also received 8 inches; Gettysburg 5 inches; Miller received 10 and half inches and in Spink County, some areas had received more than 15 inches.

The wet snow that fell on Tuesday evening when the temperature was in the upper 20s compacted on the roads under the lighter dryer snow that fell overnight, causing treacherous road conditions in the state.

No travel was advised in most of the eastern half of the state and Interstates 29 and 90 were closed for a time on Tuesday and Wednesday.

State Transportation and Public Safety officials urged residents to avoid non-emergency travel from Tuesday evening through at least Wednesday afternoon as the winter storm blew across the state.

The National Weather Service reported heavy snow and strong winds creating blizzard-like conditions across a broad section of South Dakota during the overnight hours Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Highways were snow-packed and slippery with areas of blowing and drifting snow creating conditions of near-zero visibility in some locations.

Walworth County Sheriff Duane Mohr reported slippery spots in town and limited visibility in areas that were open. He said the conditions were serious and he said people should stay off the roads until the storm passed.

Meteorologists predicted the storm would diminish Wednesday afternoon. Clear skies and temperatures in the upper 20s are expected for Thursday.

– Katie Zerr –

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