Blizzard conditions cause road, school, business closures

Big blizzard headed this way: up to 55 mph winds, 11 inches or more of snow

Blizzard Warning issued for much of Siouxland

As North Platte and the surrounding area awaits predicted blizzard conditions, the weather is already starting to deteriorate.

Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are expected, with winds gusting as high as 65 miles per hour.

A swath of southern Minnesota, including Minneapolis though northern Wisconsin, was expected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow or more.

These winds, coupled with dry conditions, have created very high to extreme fire risks across multiple regions prompting Red Flag Warnings for fire risk from the National Weather Service for portions of south central, central and eastern Kansas in an area that includes Emporia, Fredonia, Hutchinson, and Manhattan.

Travel will be very unsafe to impossible.

The High Wind Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday.

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The start of the three-on-three soccer season sponsored by the Abilene Parks and Recreation Department has been cancelled Saturday because of potential weather conditions. Damage to trees and power lines is possible.

Motorists or anyone outdoors could experience whiteout conditions with extremely low visibility.

Do you know of other road closures or weather related info you want to share with other drivers?

A tweet from the Sioux County (Iowa) Sheriff's Office on Friday said, "Please prepare now and be ready to halt travel later Friday & Saturday for a risky winter storm".

The best chance for snow accumulation will be in northwest Kansas, north of Interstate 70, where three to six inches of snow could fall.

If you stay home, it is a good idea to make sure your home emergency kit is well-stocked, too, due to the possibility of power failures.

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