Polar Vortex may bring dangerously cold weather to the Black Hills
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Public Safety has issued a warning to residents to prepare for extreme cold and high winds in the coming days.
The warning comes as states across the Midwest brace for a polar vortex event, which could bring record-breaking cold temperatures.
The National Weather Service reported that wind chills as low as -60 will be felt in some areas across the Northern Plains and Great Lakes, along with large swaths of snow.
Temperatures may remain below zero for a continuous 48-72 hours, putting millions of people and animals at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.
South Dakota residents are advised to prepare by ensuring that their heating systems are in proper working order, and that all pets are cared for.
Those planning to travel should pack a winter safety kit and pay attention to the latest forecast and road conditions.
For more information about cold weather safety, you can visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/cold.