If you ventured out Wednesday morning around the Sioux Falls area, you likely found the commute was quite difficult.
The city of Sioux Falls had the entire fleet of plows on the streets. Crews focused their efforts on the emergency snow routes first, which takes two hours to make a round.
Street Utility Manager Galynn Huber says by the time equipment would make one round, snow was already accumulating on the streets, which made for a tough commute.
“We have to stay on those emergency snow routes until it quits snowing. I'm there right now; I'll be there until it quits snowing. Once it quits snowing, we'll be out into Zone 3 and then Zone 2 tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday),” Huber said.
Huber also warns that as the temperature gets colder, the chemicals that melt snow and ice take longer to work.
And it’s not just a slow start on the roads; it’s also slow-going if you're pushing a shovel or snow blower.
We found lots of people working their shovels and snow blowers Wednesday morning. The dig out is getting bogged down by a glaze of ice underneath from the rain that fell earlier this week.
A lot of people who got an early jump on shoveling Wednesday morning were back out on their sidewalks and driveways a second and even a third time because the snow keeps coming.
The city of Sioux Falls is under a snow alert. As a reminder, property owners must clear snow and ice from their sidewalks within 48 hours after the snow stops.