Oh My! Great Plains Zoo Closes For Sioux Falls Blizzard
Lions, tigers, bears, and blizzards...oh my! A massive blizzard in the area is taking over the City of Sioux Falls. Even the animals at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History are staying inside their warm caves.
Even though schools are closed, traveling or getting outside is not advised in the area at this time. That's why the staff at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History are closed the next two days.
In a Facebook post, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History tells its followers and zoo enthusiasts the zoo will be closed on Wednesday February 22nd and Thursday, February 23rd.
The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls and our partners at Dakota News Now are doing their best to keep residents up to date on the latest blizzard information. At the time of this post, here is what you can expect according to Morning Meteorologist at Dakota News Now Aaron Doudna:
Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings, and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for the entire Dakota News Now coverage area.
The snowfall will begin to pick up gradually by the middle of the day. By the time we get into tonight, that’s when the worst of the storm will impact us. Expect wind gusts exceeding 45 mph along with snowfall rates as high as 1 to 2 inches per hour being likely over much of the region. This will cause travel to not be recommended whatsoever Wednesday night and through much of Thursday.
The snow will hold on for Thursday morning and slowly taper off throughout the day Thursday. It’ll be completely out of the area by Thursday night and the wind will die down. The problem will be the brutally cold air with temperatures falling to the teens to even some 20s below zero for air temperatures.
Snow totals of 8 to 12 inches are likely across much of the area, but more commonly totals of 12 to 16 inches will be likely in northeastern South Dakota and stretching into southern Minnesota.
Stay safe and warm, everyone! Watch a movie or enjoy some hot chocolate!
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