On Thursday afternoon, blowing snow and near-zero visibilities caused a massive pileup along I-90 near Sioux Falls, S.D.
While the region only had a few snow bursts during the day on Thursday, high winds caused snow to blow around to create blizzardlike conditions.
"It not so much what's falling that is blowing around but what was on the ground was already," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
The 22-car pileup occurred at mile marker 375 along I-90, west of Sioux Falls, just before 3 p.m. CST.
22 car pile up at mile marker 375 on I-90 west of S.F. Don't travel unless its an emergency! pic.twitter.com/ejSlTurzia— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) January 16, 2014
The weather through the rest of the day is not expected to get any better and may actually make for more dangerous road conditions.
Winds through the evening are expected to gust to up between 40 and 45 mph, and temperatures will continue to drop.
"Conditions will not get any better, winds will continue through the night and temperatures will fall below zero by midnight," Edwards said.
However, no additional snow is expected for the area.
The local National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls has asked residents to only travel for emergency situations.
Following a dip in temperature during the middle of the week, summerlike warmth will rebound across much of the Northeast by this weekend.
An outbreak of severe weather is targeting areas from Texas to Nebraska Wednesday evening.
Daily episodes of severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours will impact the Plains this week, possibly lingering into the weekend.
While a few showers will pass east of the Bay Area, seasonable weather and sunshine will hold in place through the weekend.
The central and southern Plains will continue to be pummeled by strong storms for the next several days, but the most potent severe weather threat is likely to be during the Mother's Day weekend.
Wind, seas and surf will build in advance of what is likely to become the first tropical system of 2015 along the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States late this week.
A few tornadoes touched down in Kansas and Iowa, killing two people. Thunderstorms in eastern Kansas produced baseball-sized hail at Scranton and golf ball-sized hail at Silverdale.
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Freak snowstorm buried the region. Mt. Pisgah picked up 57"; Mt. Mitchell got 50-60".
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes caused damage for the third consecutive night.