Storm Hits Midwest; Plows Ordered Off Minn. Roads

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy snow and strong winds have created blizzard conditions in parts of South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota as a winter storm barrels through the Upper Midwest.

The storm started Friday in the Rocky Mountains and moved into northern Nebraska and Iowa, southeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota after midnight, the National Weather Service said. It’s expected to spread east into Minnesota’s Twin Cities and western Wisconsin later Saturday.

Strong north to northwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, have near whiteout conditions on many roads in eastern South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota, the weather service said.

In Minnesota, transportation officials pulled plows off roads in open areas and told drivers to stay home because of worsening weather in the southern part of the state.

“We may even have road closures today. With this type of a storm, it’s a blanket approach, because it’s a visibility issue,” Minnesota Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rebecca Arndt said. “Plows were pulled off the roads early Saturday because of visibility in the southwest and south-central.”

Between 8 and 18 inches of snow are expected, with the heaviest snowfall stretching from near Hutchinson and Mankato to the Twin Cities.

Up to 10 inches of snow was expected in northern Iowa, and 5 to 8 inches forecast in eastern South Dakota.

The snow was expected to be followed by dangerously cold temperatures. Nearly all of North Dakota was covered by a wind chill advisory Saturday morning. North winds of up to 15 miles per hour were expected to combine with air temperatures at or below zero to drop wind chill readings to between 20 below zero and 30 below zero, the weather service said.

The wind chill advisory was in effect until noon in North Dakota. Then the arctic air was expected to move east, with lows below zero in the Dakotas and parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday night.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Ignorance must be bliss

    WCCO you need to come up with some real news, 4 of the top 6 stories today are about the storm that is coming in? You couldn’t make it all the stories? Nobody there could draw it out more to fill 2 more stories?

    • Patti

      It’s true! We love it here! If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle — it’s a blast.

  • Jay

    And people live there why? Sorry…the I love it answer doesn’t work this time.

    • Dee


      People live here mainly because of their JOB and FAMILY! People up here are not crybabies who whine about the weather. They suck it up and deal with it. EVERY state has it’s downfall. Weather is NOT always on top as reasons for why people live in certain geographic areas.

    • Jon Doe

      Umm because you have bad weather no matter where you live once in a while. Do you know the last time this kind of storm hit us? Clue: The east coat got hit with this type of storm in the last 10 years. Us? 90’s.

    • Tim

      I’m from Jacksonville,NC My first winter here I was like the people here are crazy. But I got a 4X4 and driving in the snow is cool. Yes I can’t wait to move back home.

  • Rae

    We love it here!!! We are a haarrrrrdy people!! LOL!!! :-D

  • nick

    Jay your an idiot… This snowfall thrills those of us that snowboard/ski, as well as snowmobile.

  • Dave

    People live here for the same reasons that people live on the coast below sea level, in Tornado Alley, in Hurricane prone areas, in cities that do not have enough local water to support them, on high ground in mudslide prone areas.

  • Tony

    We live here to get away from idiots like Jay.

  • lex

    Jay, Weak minded people would avoid living in Minnesota because of a couple blizzards throughout the year. Smart people live in Minnesota because it is researched to be one of the best states to live in economically and socially.

  • Anne

    Ya sounds like that Jay needs to get a life and why is he looking into minnesota reports?he must be pretty interested to even say anything? He must be unemployed!

  • malia

    burning rubber is all i can smell. im stuck on the interstate in a white van with my mom and dad. buried in snow. no one will help us. where is the help? seriously this is awful

    • nothing is that important

      I hope you get home safely, but what part about there is a storm coming stay off the roads don’t people understand?

  • bob

    It’s snowing? Man, hulu is ADDICTIVE!

  • prescott

    Ignorance must be bliss,

    wcco must know what they are doing cause they have you on their website, and you’re making them money with 4 out of the 6 stories being about the weather… hahahaha…

  • Michael

    This is why we live in Minnesota. Let it SNOW!

  • Zrust

    Best saying ever?
    “The cold keeps the @$$holes away” LOL

  • Paula

    HaHa, Jay has lots of enemies.

  • Mrs D

    When she learned I was moving to Minneapolis my friend said “You will like it-20 below zero keeps the riff raff out.”

  • Babygirl

    Wow.. that’s alot of snow. We used to get that much a long time ago here in NYC.

  • Jim

    Every activity in the state was cancelled today, so what are some morrons doing on the road? If you are somewhere safe and warm, stay there until it is safe to travel.

    • Michelle

      Jim some of us morons on the road are doctors and nurses going to work. Bad weather is not a time that we can take a snow day.

  • Montana

    In a futile attempt to get to work this morning, my dad and I tried to get my car unstuck from our driveway-which took over an hour-only to have my boss call and say they are going to close today after all. Ha!
    Michelle- Good for you! I volunteer at Children’s Hospital, and I have SO much respect for you nurses and doctors who put other’s lives ahead of your own. Stay safe out there today!
    Jay- Go back to whatever southern state you came from.

  • Your Mama

    I lived in MN after 20+ years of military service (great career opportunity with a California-based company). I’ve lived in 15 states & 4 countries and I’ve got to say that MN people are by far the meanest, rude and generally rotten people I have EVER encountered. This whole “the weather keeps the riff-raff out” is laughable. Just so the rest of the U.S. knows…it keeps the riff-raff in MN.

    Another observation, one would think the people of MN should be skilled drivers, especially in the snow or winter conditions. Nothing could be further from the truth…most of ’em really suck at it.

    One simply message to Minnesotans…stay the h3ll up there and be miserable…you suck.

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