Blizzard on tap for the Northern Plains this week


More snow is expected this week in the dry areas of the U.S. Northern Plains. A strong winter storm is expected to begin impacting the region by late tonight and continue through Wednesday. Significant snowfall amounts are expected across the Eastern Dakotas and Central Minnesota, where snowfall accumulations in excess of one foot will be possible by late Wednesday. The snow is expected to buoy prospects for spring wheat seedings.

Winds of 20 to 40 miles per hour may also create blizzard conditions in parts of the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. Freezing rain will be another potential hazard tonight and Tuesday mostly along and South of Interstate 90, from Southeastern South Dakota through Southern Minnesota.

Blizzard and winter storm watches and warnings are in effect for a large portion of the Dakotas and Minnesota. These include a:

  • Blizzard watch in east central, southeast and far south central areas of North Dakota Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.
  • Winter storm watch in southwest and portions of south central North Dakota on Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.
  • Winter storm warning in east central South Dakota Tuesday into Wednesday.
  • Blizzard watch in north central and northeast South Dakota Tuesday through Wednesday.
  • Winter storm watch in west and southern South Dakota late tonight into Wednesday.
  • Winter weather advisory for southeast South Dakota Tuesday through Wednesday.