SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — As the winter storm enters its fifth day, no travel is advised due to blowing snow and slippery conditions on most South Dakota roads.
At 3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT, I-90 opened from Rapid City to the Wyoming border.
DOT officials said I-90 from Rapid City to Mitchell is expected to remain closed throughout the overnight Friday.
Craig Smith, Director of Operations with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, told KELOLAND News there was no estimate for when the interstates could reopen as winds and drifts have created many problems.
Smith said some areas have snow drifts as tall as six or seven feet in height and as long as 1,000 feet.
“With this wind, until we really make some progress and see what that brings us in the afternoon, we really won’t have much for decisions on what we’re able to open yet today,” Smith said. “Really no projected timelines on when we’re going to be able to open.”
South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan told KELOLAND News, as of Friday morning, the state Highway Patrol has issued 30 citations for driving on closed roads, which includes closed portions of Interstate 90 and Interstate 29.
The Hand County Highway Department said it will not begin plowing operations until Saturday morning.
“Conditions are too poor to venture out this afternoon and evening. State plows are out presently but SD HWY 45 remains closed,” an alert from Hand County said.
The Highway Patrol shared a photo of US 281 between Mellette and Redfield in Spink County.
“The visibility is around a quarter mile or less. The roads are slippery there are finger drifts on the road. Remember to slow down and wear your seatbelt,” the SDHP tweet said.
At 10 a.m., the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says people are still trying to travel in New Underwood and Wall and getting stuck.
Pennington County Search and Rescue reached a vehicle stuck at mile marker 112 on Interstate 90.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office also captured the below images from Highway 44 near Caputa and Highway 1416 near Box Elder.
“The visibility is awful,” they tweeted.
Authorities say there’s no travel advised east of Liberty Boulevard.
In Lincoln County where no travel is advised, authorities say that the snow is deep and the roads are slick this morning on Highway 115 between Harrisburg and Sioux Falls.
The South Dakota 511 map shows a lot of red and black dotted lines indicating No Travel advisories.
In Sioux Falls, roads aren’t closed but they are icy and slippery across the city.
Interstate 90 west of Chamberlain remains closed as of Friday morning which has left some truck drivers in Rapid City stranded for days.
One driver was stranded near the Wyoming-South Dakota for several days and was rescued Thursday night in Pennington County.
The Department of Transportation has also been rescuing stranded drivers throughout the state where visibility is low and travel is not advised.
The Day County Sheriff’s Office posted Friday morning that the Bristol bridge looking westbound had very low visibility and snow packed roads. A car and a semi-truck were both stuck in the middle of the road.
“DO NOT DRIVE,” the post read.
Blizzard warnings remain in place for much of South Dakota through Friday at 12 p.m.
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