Don’t get buried, prepare early for Wednesday/Thursday blizzard

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Swear at the weather all you want; that blizzard is still coming.

The worst of the storm will be late Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Wind to gust up to 65 miles per hour will cause whiteout conditions and severe drifting of snow on roads.

Tuesday and Wednesday morning are the times to go to the grocery store, stock up on prescription medicines, and ensure your car has a full tank of gas. If you must travel during the height of the storm, make sure you leave a detailed travel itinerary and have an updated emergency kit inside your vehicle.

A car emergency kit should have at least flashlights, batteries, blankets, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kits, prescriptions, tire chains, ice scraper, jumper cables and road flares. Make sure to check your tires, battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights and brakes before the storm hits.

The Rapid City area could get anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow during this storm. The Northern Hills could see 1 to 2 feet of snow. Oglala Lakota, Jackson and Bennett Counties, including Martin, could see 15 to 20 inches of snow.

Late Wednesday night through Thursday night the storm will move east and hit Sioux Falls, Pierre and Aberdeen.

Travel by car and air will likely become impossible in the Warning areas by Wednesday night. Even after the storm passes, travel could be impacted 24 to 48 hours. Power outages are likely due to the heavy, wet nature of the snow and high winds.

This will be the strongest blizzard in the KOTA Territory area since October 2013. We are not expecting as high of snow totals as we did in that storm.