ABERDEEN, S.D. (National Weather Service): The National Weather Service in Aberdeen has issued a hazardous Weather Outlook for west central Minnesota, central South Dakota, north central South Dakota and northeast South Dakota.
Light to moderate snow and perhaps some sleet or light freezing rain are forecast to move into the region later tonight and persist into Saturday before tapering off, or changing over to very light freezing drizzle.
The forecast of heavy snow and strong winds continues for Saturday night through Sunday night. Freezing rain and ice accumulations are possible across far eastern South Dakota into west central Minnesota Saturday night into Sunday. Total snow accumulations are likely to exceed 8 inches for most areas, and potentially exceed a foot for a good portion of the forecast area. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts for updates on this potentially dangerous storm system.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact morning and evening commutes. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
Spotter activation will likely be needed. Weather spotters are encouraged to submit snowfall, ice accumulation, wind and visibility reports this weekend to the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.