Updated: Everything you need to know about holiday travel, weather impacts

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Winter weather is making Thanksgiving travel challenging across KELOLAND and beyond. Whether you’re supposed to head out of town or have relatives coming to the area, here is your guide to holiday travel.

Note: We have updated this story with the latest forecast and travel information.

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The basics

This comes from the KELOLAND Live Doppler HD Storm Center. Here is the latest forecast update:

🦃 Thanksgiving latest: The biggest challenge right now for Thanksgiving Day is light rain, which could make roads icy. There will also be light snow on Thursday. Sioux Falls should expect to see that begin at 8 p.m. Chief Meteorologist Jay Trobec said the light freezing drizzle could make roads slippery.

🛒 Black Friday and weekend latest: Freezing drizzle is expected to be the main impact east river on Black Friday. Significant icing is forecasted for areas north of Sioux Falls including Brookings and Watertown for Friday evening into Saturday. The Black Hills will be experiencing a blizzard beginning Friday night until Sunday. Travel may be impossible in some locations of Western KELOLAND. Heavy snow is also expected in western and north-central KELOLAND with over 6″ predicted. It is not impossible that Pierre or even Aberdeen might see close to a foot of snow.

🚨 There are some severe weather alerts impacting the area. Click here for the full list.

Below is the latest update from our meteorologists. This video will update periodically throughout the next few days.

Travel issues

🚗 By car

Road conditions could be challenging with the upcoming weather.

You can view road conditions in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wyoming. You can also call 511.

🔴 LIVE UPDATE: Rapid City road conditions are deteriorating. Officials have issued a motorist advisory.

The KELOLAND Live Doppler HD Storm Center predicts that blizzard conditions in the west this weekend could make travel impossible. In addition, icing in eastern KELOLAND brings several other challenges.

✈ By air

You can check airport delays at Sioux Falls Regional Airport or Rapid City Regional Airport. If you are flying to a major hub, be sure to check that airport’s status as well. Some common hubs out of KELOLAND are: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver or Chicago (O’Hare).

As of Thursday afternoon, American Airlines has issued a travel waiver for flights in and out of Rapid City on 11/29 or 11/30.

You can check the up-to-the-minute travel waivers from each airline’s website: Delta, American, United, Frontier or Allegiant.


If a church or a major event is canceled, hear about it first from the KELOLAND Closeline. If you need to submit a closing, here are the instructions.

If there are any changes to Sioux Falls or Rapid City’s Parade of Lights, we’ll let you know on KELOLAND.com. Here’s what the plan is for Sioux Falls.

From the Storm Center: Sioux Falls Parade of Lights will see sleet, or even some lightning along with that freezing rain

If you don’t want to brave the cold, you can watch both Parades of Lights on KELOLAND.com at our KELOLAND Holiday Central page.

You also can watch some holiday favorites on KELOLAND TV:

Friday, November 29
7:00 – 7:30 PM Frosty the Snowman
7:30 – 8:00 PM Frosty Returns

Saturday, November 30
7:00 – 7:30 PM Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire
7:30 – 8:00 PM Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe

Store hours

Did your travel plans get canceled? You may need to go shopping for a last-minute turkey. Here are some store hours:

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