SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — This story will be updated throughout the day. Check here and on the KELOLAND Weather page for al the latest updates in your area.
It may still technically be autumn in South Dakota, but wintery weather is in effect across the state.
Drivers in the state have good cause to use caution, as a look at South Dakota DOT’s 511 road conditions map (follow the link for the most up to date map) shows few stretches of highway across the state in what would be considered dry/normal conditions.
Instead, large portions of the state’s roads are under frost/ice/slippery conditions, with southeast South Dakota under wet and scattered wet conditions.
The southwest part of the state is under scattered ice/slippery conditions.
On I-29 near Murdo, the DOT weather cam captured an image of a semi truck jack-knifed in the median. That stretch of road is classified as Icy by the DOT.
The area surrounding Mobridge, in which blizzard conditions were developing this morning, is in fog/low visibility.
In many parts of the state, such as Hand County, in east central South Dakota, ice is on more than just the roadway, as moisture coupled with freezing temperatures has led to build up.
The Hand County Emergency Management page shared these photos of icy conditions.
This build up is also causing issues as the ice blankets northeastern KELOLAND, not just fences and gates, but also bringing down tree limbs and coating powerlines, causing outages. Here are photos posted by the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate police.
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The poor conditions have also caused closings in the impacted areas, shutting down schools, senior centers and other services across nearly the entire state from Edgemont up to Bison, across to Sisseton and beyond.