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Blizzard Warning issued for much of Siouxland

Blizzard Warning issued for much of Siouxland

As the storm moves east on Friday, more than a dozen states from the Rockies to the Midwest are under storm alerts, including a blizzard warning for the Northern Plains, flash flood watch in parts of the South and high wind warning in the Southwest.

The huge storm, packing enough energy to cause widespread disruption, isn't unprecedented for April, said Jake Beitlich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The National Weather Service also warned of potential coastal flooding along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and IL, where Chicago residents were warned that waves could reach as high as 18 feet (5.5 meters). These storms brought damaging wind gusts and were causing widespread tree downings and power outages. Areas northwest of Sioux City could get pummeled much harder, as Yankton, South Dakota, might see a foot of snow.

In Fort Worth, it was nearly 90 degress on Thursday but the temperature is predicted to fall to 38 degrees Saturday night, a 50 degree swing in a 36-hour period. High regarding wind and blowing snow.

"Road conditions are still not safe across the state and travel is not recommended", said Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, in a news release Saturday morning.

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All of Hub Territory is in a blizzard warning that took effect at 7 p.m. Friday and runs until 7 tonight (Saturday).

Elsewhere in the state, high winds are expected in most regions with gusts up to 50-60 miles per hour. At least 11 inches of snow had fallen in Valentine, and areas near Chadron and Sidney received almost 10 inches.

Good morning everyone. Happy Friday!

On Friday, a truck driver from Idaho lost control of his rig on snow-covered Interstate 80 near Chappell in western Nebraska and slammed into a semi that had become stranded, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. "You might say 'Oh, it's not a tornado, ' but you can still get serious damage", Hoeth said. Gov. Dennis Daugaard closed state government offices in 32 counties ahead the approaching blizzard. Additional snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches are expected.