Residents in eastern South Dakota were hunkering down Wednesday for the second wave of a spring storm that already downed power lines and closed roads, schools and businesses. Tens of thousands of residents in that part of the state remained without power as they awaited more bad weather.
Freezing drizzle was expected to give way Wednesday night to 6 to 12 inches of snow accompanied by winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour, said Philip Schumacher, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The weather service said the challenging weather could extend into flood-prone southeastern North Dakota, where about 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through late Thursday.
Although it could contain at least one-quarter inch of liquid, weather service officials said it should not change the current flood forecast.
"Any additional precipitation at this stage in the game is not necessarily a good thing," said Peter Rogers, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks. "But we're not expecting that to have an immediate impact on the rivers either."
In Wisconsin, rain, ice and snow caused minor flooding Wednesday in areas including the Rock River at Afton and Newville, Crawfish River at Milford, Sheboygan River at Sheboygan, and Manitowoc River at Manitowoc.
Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesman Tod Pritchard said another wave of freezing rain could sweep across central Wisconsin from La Crosse to Green Bay from late Wednesday into Thursday. That rain could cause more flooding in the region.