A storm system known as a bomb cyclone slowly churned through the U.S. interior today for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard in parts of the Midwest while creating hazardous fire conditions farther south.
As much as 18 inches of snow has fallen in parts of South Dakota, where Gov. Kristi Noem has closed state offices in much of the state for a second day as heavy snow and strong winds make travel conditions dangerous.
Whiteout conditions were reported in northwest Kansas and western Nebraska, where the Department of Transportation closed several highways this morning. Schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul were among hundreds that closed in Minnesota, where as much as 2 feet of snow is expected by Friday.