It was smooth sailing on Sioux Falls snow routes most of Friday, but the story was much different once drivers turned into the city's neighborhoods.
Sioux Falls declared a snow emergency early Friday. Since then, plows have pushed the snow on a street-by-street basis, starting on the edge of town and working into the city center.
“Some streets were a lot deeper than this,” Jesse Kagarise said, as he prepared to move cars from a full street into his freshly shoveled driveway. “And I only drive a little car, so I can't make it through those kinds of roads.”
Friday was the first city-wide scoop out of the season. The top layer of snow is bad, but the ice you can't see underneath poses even more problems.
“Mainly if you have a huge truck that's not a four wheel drive, they're just sliding all over the place if they aren't very careful,” Kagarise said.
Plow drivers are sliding around too, dealing with remnants from snow earlier this month. The snow that accumulated then wasn’t enough to declare and emergency. Residents like Ray Breuer say it should have happened anyway.
“I think they should have. I believe they should have because the roads were pretty rough with that wet snow,” Breuer said. “But this is a light snow compared to them other two we had, so it wasn't too bad.”
City officials predict most streets will be open by midnight Saturday, even though the snow emergency continues through the weekend.
Vehicles parked in snow zones scheduled for cleanout could be ticketed. A city ticket is $35.