A blanket of snow is covering the Black Hills, while severe weather continues to threaten southeast South Dakota.
The early fall snow storm has some South Dakotans buried and in the dark. And the heavy, wet snow is causing terrible road conditions.
Travel isn't allowed in Spearfish until further notice. There are limited snow removal efforts taking place to open emergency routes, but officials don't want drivers to be on the roads.
Interstate 90 between Sturgis and the Wyoming border is closed.
As of 11:30 a.m. CDT, no travel is advised in Butte County. Downed trees are a real problem in the area so officials are asking that cars parked under trees be moved. The snow is bringing down tree branches because many still have leaves on them. It's leading to more stress on trees and branches.
Power lines and utility poles are also vulnerable under the snow and ice. Add in high winds and that leads to power problems.
From Lead to Deadwood, Rapid City to Sturgis, and Belle Fourche to Spearfish, 4,400 customers in the area don't have power. 100 employees from Black Hills Power are working in shifts to get it back on. Though there is no estimate for when, a company representative tells KELOLAND's Brady Mallory he hopes it's as soon as possible.
"Of course, the challenge is, Brady, is with the winter storm creates some challenges with the terrain. Getting out in the Hills, as you know, the Black Hills have some pretty challenging terrain anyway. So getting to those areas where those areas, where those outages may be occurring, will be somewhat of a challenge," Mutch Usera said.
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