No travel advised on most roads in central and eastern South Dakota – Argus Leader

Alfonzo Galvan
 
| Sioux Falls Argus Leader

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Wednesday’s surge of strong winds and snow has the South Dakota Department of Transportation advising motorists not to travel on most roads in central and eastern South Dakota.

As strong winds and snow make their way into the Sioux Falls area, the SD DOT is advising motorists to avoid traveling on roads in most of the state.

Multiple pileups were reported in the area, including one on Interstate 29 north of Dell Rapids and one west of Sioux Falls on Interstate 90.

All of eastern South Dakota is under a blizzard warning for winds up to 60 mph and several inches of snow. Sioux Falls could receive four to six inches of snow.

The gusts will cause low visibility and drifting on highways and interstates, leading to difficult travel, the NWS said. The snow fall should peak around noon and start diminishing by 6 p.m. 

The NWS is predicting three to seven inches of snow for parts of eastern South Dakota.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday the NWS reported two inches of snowfall in the Sioux Falls area with total projected snowfall anywhere between 3 to 3.5 inches. 

The snow will start to fall off in the evening hours but the National Weather Service said that visibility and high wind gusts will continue throught late Wednesday night. 

“Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could cause tree damage. The cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes,” the NWS’ message  said.

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