This past weekend’s blizzard may be long gone, but the blowing snow is still creating dangerous conditions in the northeast.
When you compare Thursday’s weather in the far northeast to the weekend blizzard, it isn't all that bad. That said, it isn't all that good either.
"Actually, I intended to go out of town,” Terry Just said. “But with the storm coming, the last thing I wanted to do was go across the state.”
Icy roads and blowing snow closed some schools early. Others didn't open at all.
"It's pretty cold, pretty rugged. Windy. Pretty sharp, pretty sharp," Dayton Sea Boy said.
Sea Boy lives south of Sisseton. With piles of snow sitting in his community and others across the northeast, those are conditions people can expect when wind comes.
Plows tackled drifts throughout the day Thursday. With blowing snow, the South Dakota Department of Transportation couldn't treat roads. It did, however, push snow back as far as possible to reduce drifting.
"There was a time when I enjoyed it; I'd go out just to be in it. But now I'd rather be at home you know," Sea Boy said.
As he shoveled another batch of fresh snow from the front of his home, Just stayed put too. He says he's lived in the northeast long enough to know you need to respect its weather.
"I'm not going to take any chances, end up in the ditch just for the sake of getting some place when it gets to be like this here," Just said.
He's counting down the days until spring and doesn't mind if a few of them are spent at home if it means avoiding blizzard conditions on the road.
Sisseton received 15 inches of snow last weekend. The area received another two inches Thursday.