SIOUX CITY — Several Siouxland cities, including Sioux City, declared snow emergencies this weekend in preparation for Monday’s storm, which was expected to leave up to a foot of snow in some places as it passes through the region.
Meteorologist Jim Murray of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls said the heavier snowfall was expected to start around 3 a.m. Monday after mixtures of light drizzle and snow Sunday evening.
“Just overnight, could see 1 to 2 inches, but by tomorrow morning, snow's going to pick up and it’s going to get heavier,” Murray said Sunday afternoon. “The heavy snow will occur between 6 a.m. and noon and then you’ll see it start to taper down.”
In addition to the heavy snow, which Murray projected to drop 10 to 12 inches and possibly more in certain places, the meteorologist also noted increased amounts of wind would make things difficult for commuters.
“By tomorrow morning, as that snow starts to accumulate, we’re going to see that blowing around and causing a lot of visibility problems,” Murray said.
In response to the coming snowstorm, several area communities — including Sioux City, Storm Lake, Hinton, Moville, Rock Rapids and Sergeant Bluff in Iowa; South Sioux City, Dakota City and Wayne in Nebraska; and Elk Point and North Sioux City in South Dakota — declared snow emergencies, meaning parking isn't allowed on designated emergency snow routes in those communities.
Sioux Gateway Airport announced that it would close at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and reopen at 11:45 a.m. Monday. Additionally, some Siouxland businesses have altered operations for Monday.
Seaboard Triumph Foods canceled its production shift but maintained its normal maintenance schedule, while Tyson shut down production at its Storm Lake pork plant in Storm Lake and beef plant in Dakota City.
On a positive note, Murray said temperatures should hover around the 30s during the day Monday, which is a tremendous improvement from the drastic low temperatures the region experienced a week ago.