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Weather turning ugly as blizzard conditions approach

Weather turning ugly as blizzard conditions approach

By midday, poor visibility due to blowing and drifting snow had shut down USA 24 between Calhan and Limon, as well as major roads across the state, including Interstate 70 between Limon and the Kansas line.

Expect plenty of sunshine through Wednesday, with highs staying in the 60s and 70s across the Denver area.

"Travel will be unsafe to impossible later today and tonight across the northeast plains", the weather service said in a Friday morning tweet.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for many counties in southwest Minnesota and through the Minnesota River Valley, and later extended it to include the Twin Cities. "Damage to trees and power lines is likely". Locally higher amounts will be possible in Northwest Kansas.

You sure wouldn't know it by looking outside tonight, but a potential blizzard lies ahead for much of Siouxland from Friday night into Saturday. Visibility is poor. Travel is extremely unsafe. Call 511 for the latest road conditions.

Information on winter driving tips is available from the Kansas Highway Patrol at Winds gusting as high as 50 miles per hour will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Blizzard warnings are in effect in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Additional severe weather risk is expected from early Friday afternoon through early evening across the eastern third of Kansas with the possibility of severe thunderstorms, 1-2 inch hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.