Winter Storm Warning for Dakotas
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT… MUCH OF THE ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL OCCUR THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS…WITH PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW LINGERING IN THE AFTERNOON.
ACCUMULATIONS…TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 5 INCHES IS EXPECTED…HOWEVER SNOW AMOUNTS WILL RAPIDLY DECREASE SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 90 TO ONLY AROUND 2 INCHES OR LESS IN SOUTHERN LINCOLN COUNTY SOUTH DAKOTA.
WIND AND VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS AND AVERAGE 20 TO 30 MPH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THIS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES AT TIMES TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES IN OPEN AREAS.
WIND CHILL VALUES…WIND CHILL VALUES WILL CONTINUE TO STEADILY DECREASE THROUGH THE MORNING…AND SETTLE IN TO AROUND ZERO DEGREES BY MIDDAY AND THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.
By late in the week the wind chills could range between -15 and -30 below across the Dakotas.
Dakotas, cattle ranchers who lost thousands of animals in an October blizzard were bracing for the latest wintry weather, with wind chills of 40 degrees below zero expected by week’s end.
Cattle should be able to withstand the harsh conditions better than they did the Oct. 4 blizzard, said Julie Ellingson, executive vice president of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.
“Cattle are a hardy species; they can endure a lot,” she said. “With that October storm, they didn’t have their winter hair coat yet. They’ve acquired some of that extra hair that will help insulate them better.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report