PHOTOS: Winter storm hitting KELOLAND

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UPDATED: 11:50 a.m.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Areas of western, central and northern KELOLAND are seeing their first blast of winter.

Several inches of snow has already fallen in Rapid City.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s office says many roads are snowy and icy. Authorities are reminding drivers to slow down.

KELOLAND’s Sydney Thorson is out getting information on road conditions in western KELOLAND. Captain Tony Harrison with the Pennington County Sheriff’s office posted a picture of Sydney on Twitter.

Sydney will bring us her report later Thursday on KELOLAND News.

And this is what the roads looked like this morning on the Pine Ridge Reservation. 

OST emergency management posted this picture on Facebook.

Plow and sanders have been out working to clear roads… but officials say wind and blowing snow is making some areas slick.

5:49 a.m.

A blast of winter weather has been hitting areas of western KELOLAND early Thursday morning. 

Some areas have already received more than 4 inches of snow by 5:30 a.m. Thursday. You can see some early photos of the snow in the slideshow below. 

In Sturgis, an employee at the Common Cents gas station told KELOLAND News the roads were not good in town. He sent a video of the snow coming down. 

In Pierre, KELOLAND Capital News Bureau reporter Bob Mercer took video of the snowy conditions around 6:30 a.m. Thursday. He found one spot where a car may have slid off the road. He’s putting together a time lapse of the winter storm in Pierre.

The snow and incoming winter weather has forced several schools in western and northern KELOLAND to make changes. A number of schools are starting late including Eureka, McIntosh and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte.

A few districts have cancelled classes: Douglas, Dupree and American Horse are closed Thursday. You can find the latest updates and a full list of cancellations and delays on the KELOLAND Closeline. 

If you take pictures or video for the snow in your area, we’d like to see them! Send them to or use #KELOWx on social media. Please include your name and location.

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