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With potential for heavy snow, emergency rules going into effect in Sioux City
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With potential for heavy snow, emergency rules going into effect in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY -- With the first major 2019-20 snowstorm apparently bearing down on Siouxland, snow emergencies have been set for metro towns, several colleges have called off classes, and sheriff's offices are warning people to adjust their driving for potentially treacherous conditions.

The Tuesday snow could be just the first of many snowstorms that could keep moving through the area into the weekend, making for complex travel considerations around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott declared a snow emergency ahead of a storm that could dump up to 10 inches of snow on the city starting Tuesday. That snow emergency will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a forecast from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls that includes a winter storm warning and winter storm watch for much of the Siouxland area, snow is expected to begin falling in Sioux City by 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The forecast says snow will continue accumulating, with the heaviest period in the evening.

Emergency snow route

Parking restrictions are going into effect for Sioux City's emergency snow routes. 

Winds of up to 35 mph could make conditions difficult. The chance of Tuesday evening snow is 100 percent, and it is expected to fall until 7 a.m. Wednesday, with blowing snow into the late morning.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office on Monday noted the first major winter storm appears to be bearing down on the area, and gave driving tips. The sheriff said people should reduce driving speeds as roads become covered and turn on headlights during snow, even during daytime.

The snow emergency declaration prohibits parking or leaving a vehicle unattended on an emergency snow route street, noted by a blue and white sign with a snowflake.

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Vehicles should be parked on the even numbered side of the street beginning Tuesday. They should be moved to the odd side of the street beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Any vehicle found in violation of the snow emergency parking restrictions will be towed at the owner's expense.

The emergency snow route map can be found at sioux-city.org/snowmaps.

Other snow emergency designations have been set for South Sioux City and Dakota City, with both of those starting at noon Tuesday.

On the final day before Thanksgiving break was to have begun, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, have called off classes Tuesday.

The USD Twitter account wrote a tweet with a turkey emoji: "Pass the gravy boat, Thanksgiving break has begun! 🦃 Due to projected treacherous winter weather classes are canceled starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday."

The National Weather Service for Sioux City is also pointing to subsequent weather systems that could deliver more snow on Thanksgiving afternoon, Friday and again Saturday.

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