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Strong winds, blowing snow making travel difficult in SD

November 12, 2021 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Strong winds, icy roads and blowing snow are making travel difficult in South Dakota Friday.

High winds warnings are in effect for all of South Dakota where the gusty conditions are creating hazardous conditions for truck drivers and other high profile vehicles. According to the Highway Patrol, more than 10 semitrailers overturned on state roadways Thursday.

Forecasters said wind gusts could reach up to 70 mph in western and central South Dakota.

The road conditions have prompted some schools to close or delay classes. The Sisseton School District and Sisseton Wahpeton College are among those closed Friday.

Conditions were expected to improve later in the day. Snow is expected to taper off, but winds should remain strong with gusts still at 40 miles per hour.

Winds will slowly decrease during the afternoon and evening, forecasters said. But, the National Weather Service’s wind advisory lasts until 6 p.m. on Sunday.