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Associated Press, Published May 06 2010

Heavy snow bearing down on the Dakotas

BISMARCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says a spring storm promises to bring heavy, wet snow to parts of the Dakotas, along with strong winds.

That could cause travel problems, and put stress on electrical poles and lines in areas that have seen massive power outages in earlier storms this year.

Forecasters say up to 10 inches of snow is possible in southwest North Dakota by Friday morning, with amounts tapering off to the north and east.

Up to 8 inches of snow could fall in northwestern South Dakota, with lesser amounts in the north central part of the state.

Jerry Reisenhour with Grand River Electric told South Dakota Public Radio that the temperature will be a big factor in the extent of power problems caused by the snow.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.