South Dakota Snow Storm Closes Roads And Interstates
The current Winter Storm is dropping large amounts of snow in Southeastern South Dakota and that has prompted the closing of roads and Interstates.
according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation Interstate 90, both eastbound and westbound has been closed from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls.
I-29 has also been closed, both southbound and northbound from the I-90 / I-29 interchange in Sioux Falls to Brookings.
Sioux Falls Police Department is advising no travel in Sioux Falls until the snowfall and wind subside.
"Visibility is currently poor with blowing snow, scattered slippery spots, and heavy accumulations making travel dangerous.
Please avoid traveling if at all possible. There are multiple stranded vehicles across town that are taxing resources.
If you get stuck there is a good chance there will not be a tow available for a long time to get you out. ”
Due to accumulating heavy snow and sustained high winds causing blizzard-like conditions and extensive drifting, Interstate 90 has been closed (eastbound and westbound) from Chamberlain (exit 265) to Sioux Falls (Marion Road/exit 395) and Interstate 29 (northbound and southbound) has been closed from the I-29/I-90 Interchange in Sioux Falls to Brookings (exit 132) as of 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.
SDDOT snow plows are having difficulty clearing roads due to near-zero visibility and accumulating snow, with some plows becoming stuck with the high accumulation of snow on the lanes of traffic.
SDDOT anticipates the I-90 and I-29 closures to remain in place throughout the day on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Conditions are expected to improve this afternoon. Officials will continually assess conditions to determine when I-90 and I-29 can be reopened safely.
No Travel Advisories are also in place for numerous state highways in the central and southeastern portion of South Dakota with some becoming impassable.
Motorists are asked to avoid travel as blizzard-like conditions are making travel hazardous.
Pictured are images from SDDOT plow cameras near Sioux Falls, Kimball, Vermillion, and Winner on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at 8:45 a.m.