The winter storm curling up from Kansas will leave its mark on Siouxland, Thursday night. It's prompted weather officials to upgrade the area's winter weather advisory to a winter storm warning, lasting until nine a.m. Friday. Places like Sioux City are now expected to get heavy snowfall with totals reaching six or more inches. Tough to travel in.
"Visibility with some of these heavier snow bands has been getting down to about a half mile, and the snow is blowing around. I'm sure there are some pretty steep drifts as well," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Marc Chenard.
Sioux City Police are warning people to avoid travel. They've reported at least 50 snow related accidents so far. State law enforcement says if you must travel, do it carefully. Wear a seat belt and take it slow
"To avoid collisions during a winter weather event, make sure you slow down. That's number one. Maintain a safe speed," said Iowa State Patrol Trooper John Farley.
The snow sent a number in Sioux City to grocery stores for supplies. Managers at Target say their numbers are up.
"I'd say it's more than normal. It's a busier time. Everyone's stocking up to make sure they've got all the necessities ready before the storm hits," said Assistant Manager Ben Nicholas.
So what was the top item to take home? Milk.
"Milk is by far the most popular one," said Nicholas.
Though nobody's really sure why.
"I don't know. I guess you got to have it for your breakfast," said Bard Lee.
Folks can begin to dig themselves out Friday morning. That's when weather experts say snow will be turning to flurries.
City crews are going to spend the night cleaning up. As a reminder, make sure to move your car to off-street parking, if it's needed. If you don't know, check out the city's website at www.Sioux-City.org.
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