Winter storm warning issued for Lincoln County; advisory remains for Minnehaha County

Higher snow amounts are expected to the south of Sioux Falls, with travel likely to be affected Friday night into Saturday.

Weather Announcement FSA

SIOUX FALLS — The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a winter storm warning for Lincoln County as up to 8 inches of snow can be expected in some parts of the county.

A winter weather advisory was upgraded to a winter storm warning for Lincoln County on Friday afternoon, which will be in effect from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

Heavy snow is to be expected across the county, with the National Weather Service forecasting snow accumulations from 5 to 8 inches across the county. Forecasters expect the heaviest snow to fall Saturday morning between 2 and 10 a.m.

The snow is expected to be met with wind chills in the minus-20s, which could cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Patchy blowing snow is also expected, which could make travel difficult in the area.

Minnehaha County under a winter weather advisory

Winter weather conditions are expected to be less severe, but still impactful to the north, leaving Minnehaha County in a winter weather advisory from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.


Snow totals are expected to taper off when looking to the north, with anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow forecast in Sioux Falls and 2 to 4 inches in Madison.

Wind chills are expected to be slightly colder in Minnehaha County, with the National Weather Service estimating they could fall to roughly 25-below.

Weather authorities offered the reminder to carry essential emergency equipment in a vehicle, if travel is necessary, including a flashlight, food and water.

Up to date road conditions can be found throughout the weather event on SD511’s website, or on social media channels for the Lincoln County Sheriff or Minnehaha County Sheriff.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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