First day of christmas blizzard takes aim at the Dakota, Montana

CHICACO – It will be a white Christmas for the northern Plains and a number of Western states, but forecasters warn of blizzard conditions are likely to affect holiday travel.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for most of North Dakota, western South Dakota and a small part of eastern Montana through Monday, with expected snow totals of 8 to 15 inches and winds of up to 55 km / h.

The meteorological service says that travel is “very dangerous, if not impossible.”

An ice storm warning is in effect until late Sunday for central South Dakota, in the south west of North Dakota and a large part of central Minnesota, with up to a ½ inch of ice expected. Forecasters said that anyone who “travel” have to have an extra flashlight, food and water.

Elsewhere dense fog had built up Sunday morning in parts of Kansas, the Ozarks, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Gulf Coast states.

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