Heavy Snow

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A storm system that caught the eye of forecasters several days ago has reached South Dakota.  Greg Richards with the National Weather Service in Rapid City says snow began falling overnight in the Black Hills.

East River has dealt with thunderstorms throughout the night--a few have been severe.  Matthew Dux with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls looks at the storm's potential impact on his side of the state.

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The National Weather Service has issued a series of Winter Storm Watches for extreme southern South Dakota (see NWS map above).  Western counties fall under the watch Saturday, with counties in the southeast under a watch for Sunday into Monday.  Mike Fuhs with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says the advance notice shows the power of a system winding up off the Pacific Coast.

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  The southern two-thirds of South Dakota is under a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday and Friday. Forecasters are predicting very heavy snow totals for an area south of Interstate 90.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Gary Ellenbolt visits with Jeff Chapman with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. Chapman says the system is winding up and heading for the state.

   According to Rapid City meteorologist John Chamberlain, the western part of the state is primed for a large amount of moisture as well.