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Weather officials expect whiteout conditions


It's being called the biggest snow storm so far this season. The weather system, moving in from the west, is expected to bring high winds and inches of snow.

The National Weather service has had to put much of southern Siouxland in a blizzard warning until Thursday afternoon. Meteorologists say things could get rough.

"With the snowfall expected to be four to six inches, and those winds increasing to around 35 miles an hour, there will be areas of near whiteout, or whiteout conditions," said Jeff Chapman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

The weather will make travel "extremely difficult." Twenty-one year trucking veteran Fred Spears is driving right through the heart of the storm. He's headed more than 470 miles south to Arkansas.

"You know, I'll be safe about it. If it gets too bad, I'll find a place to pull over and let it go. But, I am going to go as far as I can," said Spears.

Law enforcement wants people to stay off the roads. But they say if driving is absolutely necessary, people need to be safe about it.

"Do it slow. We need everybody to just slow down under the weather conditions. Also make sure that people are wearing their seat belts," said Chad Sheehan, a Sioux City police officer.

Another tip for anybody who must travel, if you get stranded officials recommend you stay with your vehicle.  Also, they say pack a winter survival kit in weather like this.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says conditions will improve around noon Thursday. Until then, Siouxland is "snowland."

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