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Drivers Having Difficult Time In Windy Weather

January 18, 2014, 10:15 PM by Leland Steva

Drivers Having Difficult Time In Windy Weather

The strong winds returned in the Rushmore State today, making driving difficult. Drivers in northeastern South Dakota dealt with blowing snow and poor visibility.

In Sioux Falls the wind gusted up to 56 miles an hour just before 9 a.m. While the weather wasn't as extreme as Thursday, drivers trying to get to South Dakota's largest city still clenched the steering wheel a little harder than usual.

The strong wind that shook signs and flags across the state is also shaking the nerves of drivers.

"Little more white-knuckle driving, especially going past semis was probably the worst part, but not as fast as normal but that's not a bad thing," Jason Sachs said.

Rick Couch and his wife drove from Woonsocket to Sioux Falls to go shopping. He decided to bring out his big truck today to battle the dangerous roads.

"We didn't bring the little car because just thought it'd be a little better to have a little more mass with us," Rick Couch said.

Both drivers came to Sioux Falls on Interstate 90 today, and both drivers say they had a difficult drive.

"90 was pretty windy. Lots of snow drifts and stuff like that going over the highway," Sachs said.

"Pretty sketch coming down. Usually you can run 75 or better but we didn't. Took our time, especially when we passed the big rigs you can see them leaning big time. I can't believe that any of them were even on the road as bad as it was when we hit the interstate up in Mitchell," Couch said.

Couch says it usually takes him about an hour and a half to get to South Dakota's largest city, but today it took him two hours. He took his time on the road, something he thinks more people need to follow.

"Slow down. Only drive as fast as your willing to go in the ditch. So if it's a big ditch might drive a little faster, smaller ditch slow her down. Sooner or later you're going to end up in the ditch if you don't take your time," Couch said.

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