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Vacation journey “troublesome to unattainable” as blizzard circumstances, freezing rain hit the Plains

A main Christmas winter storm that has already introduced heavy snowfall and freezing rain to the central U.S. is predicted to proceed impacting journey, in accordance with forecasts. 

One other 4 to 6 inches of snow is predicted over the western Excessive Plains on Tuesday, the Nationwide Climate Service mentioned in an replace early Tuesday.

“The mix of both falling snow or snow on the bottom with robust winds will result in areas of blowing snow and near-blizzard circumstances this morning,” NWS mentioned. “Journey could also be troublesome to close unattainable resulting from snow-covered roads and whiteout circumstances.”

The company additionally warned about fallen tree branches and energy strains.

Nebraska Winter Weather
Two tractor-trailers misplaced management on Interstate 80 in Nebraska as a winter storm introduced icy circumstances on Dec. 25, 2023. Snow and blizzard circumstances have been forecast by early Wednesday in components of the north-central U.S. 

Nebraska State Patrol through AP

The massive storm system will proceed to carry extreme winter climate to parts of north-central U.S. by early Wednesday, NWS mentioned in an replace Tuesday afternoon. 

An extra two to 4 inches of snow, with native totals of eight inches, are anticipated throughout western South Dakota, western Nebraska, far japanese Wyoming, and northeastern Colorado, with some lighter snow into the mid-Missouri Valley, in accordance with NWS. 

There’s a excessive chance that areas of south-central South Dakota and north-central Nebraska will recover from a foot of whole snowfall, the company mentioned. 

The heavy snowfall and wind gusts of upwards of 55 mph will result in blizzard circumstances. 

Moreover, parts of northern and japanese South Dakota into southern and japanese North Dakota are coping with a seamless freezing rain occasion, in accordance with NWS. 

Parts of I-90 have been closed Tuesday morning, whereas roads west of I-29 have been both partially or fully snow-covered, NWS Sioux Falls tweeted

In a separate tweet, NWS Sioux Falls mentioned that roads will stay slick resulting from mild precipitation. 

“Refreezing moist roads together with mild icing will maintain roads slippery,” NSW mentioned. “Please drive with warning!”

In japanese Colorado, a blizzard warning led to a full closure of Interstate 70 for a number of hours on Tuesday morning, CBS Colorado reported. 

“The Blizzard Warning is south and east of the Denver metro space and consists of components of 5 states together with Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota by 5 am on Wednesday,” in accordance with CBS Colorado. 

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