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Blizzard Conditions, Heavy Snows and Rain Expected for South Dakota

During Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service posted Winter Storm Watches up towards the Redfield and Faulkton areas down towards Miller, Highmore, Huron, and further down towards Mitchell, Chamberlain, Presho, Platte, and then over towards Tyndall and Yankton.

Threats in the watch areas are heavy snow over six inches and blizzard conditions possible with wind gusts as high as 50mph.

Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for Pine Ridge to Martin and over to Mission, Winner, and White River for snowfall amounts of one to four inches and areas of blowing snow on Christmas Eve (Sunday). Then over in the Winner area, a Winter Storm Watch goes in effect for blizzard conditions and additional heavy snow.

Rain showers over eastern regions will continue to the start of the evening hours and then precipitation will spread statewide, with wintry weather for the west. The chances or rain for the east and wintry precipitation for central and western, South Dakota will continue into Christmas Eve (Sunday) morning.

By the afternoon and evening hours, precipitation will start to end from west to east ahead of the second round expected on Christmas Day (Monday).

Then on Christmas, precipitation will push backward back into eastern, South Dakota in the form of freezing rain, rain/snow mix, and snow. This precipitation will continue to move backwards in central, South Dakota bring chances into Monday night and into Tuesday.

There is potential for significant ice accumulations from this system depending on temperatures. Here are a couple of different weather models forecast on icy.

In additional of the precipitation, strong winds will be seen as well with gusts up to 50mph in the forecast.

Please keep checking with WeatherSD for the latest weather maps and information. Get your local South Dakota weather alert information, hour-by-hour forecast, and detailed 10-day forecast at

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