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Heavy Snow Squalls

During Wednesday afternoon, a band of heavy snow has prompted the weather service to issue a few Snow Squall Warnings for multi counties in west-central and southwest South Dakota.

The National Weather Services defined a Snow Squall Warning as a short-fused and focused on distinct areas (like a tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings). These warnings provide critical, highly localized, life-saving information.

Interstate 90 between Ellsworth Air Force Base and Wall became blocked by several motorists caught in the middle of the snow squall.

Multiple reports of stopped traffic due to little to no visibility east of Box Elder on Interstate 90. Please drive cautiously if you must travel.

- South Dakota Highway Patrol

Facebook - December 21st, 2022 at 12:07pm MST

I-90 from 0.25 mile west of Ellsworth Air Force Base-Exit 67 to Wall Exit 109.
Travelers can expect the following: jackknifed vehicle until 3:00 PM MST Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Multiple vehicle accidents both westbound and eastbound blocking all lanes of travel

- South Dakota Department of Transporation (SDDOT)

Photo Credit: Pennington County Sheriff's Office - I90 East of Rapid City

Photo Credit: SDDOT

Photo Credit: SDDOT

Blizzard Warnings are starting to pop up for the strong winds behind the storm, and ground blizzard conditions are likely for Thursday and Friday. For the latest information on the weather alerts, please visit our Weather Alerts page.


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