Upper Midwest hit with rain, sleet and heavy snow
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm bringing a mixed bag of heavy, wet snow in some areas and rain and sleet in others made travel hazardous Saturday in the Dakotas and Minnesota, some of which was due to street flooding.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm watches and warnings for a wide swath of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and several counties in western Wisconsin with predictions of up to a foot of snow in some areas.
No travel was advised in south central and southeastern North Dakota due to heavy snow creating slippery road conditions and near zero visibility. A similar advisory was issued in South Dakota for Interstate 90 from Chamberlain to Rapid City.
Only an inch and a half of snow fell in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but it was preceded by a half inch of rain that produced flooded streets and caused cars to slide into ditches or become stuck. Streets were also flooded in Fairmount, Minnesota, because of clogged storm drains.
The Weather Service downgraded its prediction for snow in the Minneapolis area to 4 to 6 inches because there was more rain and sleet than expected.