South Dakota travelers hit the road early to get ahead of the approaching winter weather on Thursday.
"We knew there was a storm coming, so we did leave earlier today to try to get to Watertown," Rapid City wrestling fan Jon LaFleur said.
Several Rapid City wrestling fans, who were on their way to Watertown for this weekend's state tournament, left Thursday to make sure they wouldn’t miss a match on Friday.
"We kind of watched the news and figured we wanted to get there so we'd rather travel in the daytime hours," Travis King said.
Besides leaving early the group also took the longer route on Interstate 90 to avoid any tough travel.
"We chose the Interstate just because it was more traveled and if we had any problems its better there," King said.
The plows were out on I-90 in Chamberlain. The exit ramps and the passing lanes were snow covered and slippery. Traveling conditions were similar west of the Missouri River too.
"The one lane was fairly clear; the driving lane. The passing lane was normally ice covered so we tried to take it easy when we were passing," LaFleur said.
In eastern South Dakota the roads were clear most of the day on Thursday and that's exactly why the Rapid City wrestling fans say they decided to get going early instead of grappling with the weather later.
"We were trying to beat the rush a little bit and get there and make sure we were there tonight," King said.