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Snow, Strong Winds Shut Down I-90

May 2, 2008, 6:02 PM by Matthew Holsen

Snow, Strong Winds Shut Down I-90
Heavy snow and windy conditions reduced visibility in many areas across the Black Hills this morning making it impossible to travel anywhere. Interstate 90 was closed from Wall to Wyoming for most of the day and no travel was advised on all other highways surrounding Rapid City.

While most stayed inside where it was nice, warm and not windy, James Skinner of Rapid City hit the slippery roads this morning thinking he still had to go to work. A decision he now regrets. 

"I mean I couldn't even see ten feet in front of me. Sometimes it was just white out so I would have to stop," says Skinner.

He wasn't the only one who was stopped on the side of road or in a ditch, but at least he was able to stay in his car. 

"I have an SUV so I thought it could handle it. I see a lot of SUV's stuck. People just abandoned their car in the middle of the road, there's no one there," adds Skinner.

Charley McManigal also braved the blizzard to earn some cash. 

"I was out plowing snow. I was up at two and had to go hook up the snow plow and stuff. Its just wet and heavy and a real big pain," he says.

McManigal says he, like many others, wasn't able to use the interstate this morning because it was closed. 

"I was trying to get on the interstate. I know this morning there was no plows out. the roads were just horrible and it was hard to drive in. Plows are getting out now and its getting better," he says.

But even with plowed roads, blowing snow made visibility little to nothing and caused many cars to veer off the street. 

For a period of time today, no travel was advised even on city streets in Rapid City because of the blizzard conditions.

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