SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — All four lanes of Interstate 29 from Watertown to the North Dakota border are still closed as of Thursday morning (Dec. 15), the South Dakota Department of Transportation said in a news release.

The lanes were closed late Wednesday afternoon because the combination of newly developing snow and sustained winds will make I-29 impassable during the overnight hours, the SDDOT said.

Roads conditions are not good in much of the northeast as of Thursday, morning.

No travel is advised on many roads north of Watertown and in the Aberdeen area, according to the SD DOT. For example, no travel is advised on a section of U.S. Highway 12 from I-29 to outside Mobridge.

U.S. Highway travel SD DOT camera photo near McLaughlin at about 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 15.

Traffic camera photos from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15 show the difference in road conditions.

A section of I-29 near Summit at around 9:45 a.m. Thursday. SDDOT camera photo.
A SDDOT camera photo of I-29 near Sisseton at about 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Removing the snow in Aberdeen

Robin Bobzien, the director of public works and city engineer in Aberdeen said on Wednesday the city received about 5 inches of snow as of midnight with another inch that fell as of 11:50 a.m. today.

“It’s snowing again and accumulating a little bit,” Bobzien said shortly before noon.

Aberdeen is among the northeastern South Dakota cities and towns that could get 12 or more inches of snow through noon Friday.

“I’m guessing we will be around that 10 inches,” Bobzien said.

Temperatures have been above freezing for much of the time and hovered around 34 at 11:45 a.m., he said.

“We’ve had good temperatures for melting. Right now things are turning wet,” Bobzien said.

Temperatures will drop and the snow and wet will freeze again, he said.

Overall snow plow equipment has been running until dark with some working into the evening. Most snow plow equipment is back on the streets at around 4 a.m., he said.

Plows will go out in a situation of an emergency call or similar, Bobzien said.

Interstate 29 looking west near Peever exit, shortly before 11 a.m. on Dec. 14. SDDOT 511 camera photo.

Photos from different parts of KELOLAND show how the storm impacted areas in DeSmet and farther east in Astoria in Deuel County.

The 511 camera on U.S. Highway 12 near Waubay posted this photo at 11 a.m.

SDDOT camera on U.S. Highway 12 near Waubay posted at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 14.

KELOLAND Weather made the graphic below to show road conditions across the state. The area circled in red are sections with no travel advised as of 5:46 a.m. today.

The Day County Sheriff’s Office posted about 9 a.m. a photo of road conditions in U.S. Highway 12 near Bluedog Lake. A vehicle had gone off the road almost hit the lake.

Day County Sheriff’s Office photo from Dec. 14.

A chunk of the northeastern part of the state is under a winter storm warning. The northeastern area stretches from Aberdeen and north to the North Dakota border, east to the Minnesota border and south just past Watertown. Huron is also in a winter storm warning.

Redfield is also in a winter storm warning. KELOLAND’s Live Cam captured this photo of Redfield from about 9 a.m.

A KELOLAND Live Cam photo from about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Redfield.

KELOLAND Weather predicts that sections of northeastern South Dakota could get more than 12 inches of snow through noon on Friday.

That includes Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown and Sisseton.

A South Dakota Department of Transportation camera photo of Interstate 29 near Sisseton. The photo is from about 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14.