sioux falls, sd
The first winter storm of the season has blown through KELOLAND, leaving behind slippery and snow-packed streets in Sioux Falls and quite a cleanup chore in its wake.
The City of Sioux Falls has declared a snow alert. At noon, plows will begin clearing Zone Three; that's the entire outer ring of the city that lies just beyond the city's core area.
If you live or work in Zone Three, make sure to move your car off the streets or you risk getting a ticket and a tow.
City crews have been out in force since early Friday morning clearing streets of snow. A second round of drivers have taken over and will work until midnight when another shift takes over. They'll be going round-the-clock through the weekend.
City maintenance crews have made good use of the dry winter by making sure all the equipment is in working order. And all that preparation is paying off now that the snow has arrived.
The street department reports very few problems with equipment breakdowns that can slow the snow removal process.
Since it's been such a long time since our last snowstorm, drivers around Sioux Falls have to re-acclimate themselves to winter driving conditions. Police report more than 20 crashes, mostly fender-benders in the city, from 5:30 a.m. until mid-morning.