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.
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