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South Dakota braces for April snowstorm

Snow is coming back to the Midwest this week.
Snow is coming back to the Midwest this week.

State governments may not want to put away their snow plows and de-icer supplies, because the spring thaw is not in full swing just yet — at least for those living in the midwestern United States.

After going through Winter Storm Xenia earlier this week, the Weather Channel reported that Winter Storm Yona will be in town Thursday and Friday to drop as much as a foot of snow in parts of the Michigan Upper Peninsula. The forecast calls for a mix of snow, rain and 30 to 40 miles per hour winds.

Even though the calendar says that it is spring, some communities aren't playing dumb because April snow storms have occurred before. In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the state has its continuity of operations plan down to a science.

"It's basically going to be a de-icing event," Sioux Falls Utility Street Manager Gaylnn Huber told a local CBS affiliate. "We'll have the sanders out as the snow accumulation becomes more prevalent as far as the amounts go. Then we'll probably gear into a larger operation where we'll bring in the motor graters and the contractors."

In Sioux Falls' experience, the mess from spring snow storms doesn't last long because it tends to get warmer after the weather event occurs. However, they aren't in the clear quite yet: the heaviest snow is expected to occur along Interstate 29, the Associated Press reported.

"It's going to be in between the dry and wet stuff, and with winds gusting up to 35 mph in some areas, we might get some blowing and drifting snow," Sioux Falls Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp explained to the AP.

Business continuity consultants can help companies and government officials find the tools they need to respond to any weather event, even if it is happening during atypical times of the year.