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A strong winter storm brought high winds and cold rain, then snow to much of the region. This combination of light to moderate snow, along with 40 to 60+ mph wind gusts, led to blizzard conditions over parts of South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa on January 14th and 15th, 2021.

This storm system caused the closure of Interstate 29 in eastern South Dakota, as well as Interstate 90 from Sioux Falls east, into south central Minnesota late Thursday evening into the early morning hours Friday. Several state highways in Minnesota were also closed for several hours. Even after they opened, portions of these highways had to be re-closed to due multiple accidents, including jack-knifed semi trucks/trailers.

Radar Loop of the mid-January Blizzard
48-hour Radar Loop of the Blizzard
Regional Snow Map Loop showing hourly peak wind gusts from 6pm January 13, through 6pm January 14, 20201 Loop showing hourly peak wind gusts 6pm Thursday, January 14 through 6pm Friday, January 15, 2021
Regional Snowfall Map Loop showing hourly peak wind gusts
6pm Wednesday, January 13, through 6pm Thursday, January 14, 2021
Loop showing hourly peak wind gusts
6pm Thursday, January 14, through 6pm Friday, January 15, 2021