Weather turning ugly as blizzard conditions approach

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Areas on the west fringes of the Twin Cities like Hutchinson and Glencoe could see blizzard conditions. Some roads are expected to drift shut. North Platte's rain will turn to snow by Friday evening, and temperatures will continue to drop; lows for North Platte are predicted at 21 degrees with temps in the teens for the Sandhills region. Strong winds may make travel hard and unsafe. A strong winter storm will bring heavy snow and winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour or higher.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Friday to 7p.m. Saturday for a good portion of western and central Nebraska.

A potent spring storm system that's expected to persist through the weekend raked across the Midwest Friday, spawning at least one tornado in Arkansas as blizzard conditions blanketed much of the Northern Plains.

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Video from the scene showed uprooted trees, overturned cards, damaged buildings and downed power lines. While snowfall accumulations will not be extreme, the combination of wind and snow will create very low visibility and unsafe travel conditions Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Areas northwest of Sioux City could get pummeled much harder, as Yankton, South Dakota, might see a foot of snow. Do not travel and if you must travel have a winter survival kit with you. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

The patrol and other agencies also helped more than 100 motorists who became stranded on I-80 near Sidney, ferrying them from their vehicles using Sidney Public Schools buses escorted by patrol cruisers and snow plows.

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