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SF Drivers Trying To Stay Safe During Blizzard

January 16, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

SF Drivers Trying To Stay Safe During Blizzard

With the combination of snow and wind, you expect to have white-out conditions out in the country, but it's not often visibility gets this bad in the city itself.

Lindsey Green was on her way back home from the mall when she pulled over to take a break from the stressful road conditions.

"I heard there was supposed to be blizzard conditions yesterday, but then I came here and for a while the visibility was not even a block. So, I was a little bit scared," Green said.

The Sioux Falls Police Department urged drivers to stay off the roads in Sioux Falls because of the light snow and strong winds. City plows took to the emergency snow routes as soon as they could, but the snow is just forcing them to clean off the same roads over and over again.

"I've already seen a bunch out and about. I think they're doing a great job trying to keep up with it the best they can," Nathan Hogan said.

Hogan was among the drivers still on the roads, even after the warning from the city. The conditions were so bad he says some winter driving techniques came in handy.

"You just have to take it slow and be careful. Just have to be a defensive driver, I guess, in stuff like this," Hogan said.

Slow driving can go a long way, but it may not guarantee that you'll avoid every danger.

"I saw a lot of people that almost ran into mailboxes and things and I'm surprised that I didn't get in an accident," Green said.

The City of Sioux Falls is under a snow alert for the rest of Thursday. City crews will be plowing emergency routes through the night and will likely not get to any side streets until after midnight.

The following video was shot in Sioux Falls, driving north on Minnesota Avenue from 57th Street around 1:30 p.m.

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