SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Strong winds along with more snow are part of the next phase of a major winter storm hitting South Dakota.
Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour have been recorded in Pierre. Buffalo, Faith and Huron have all seen winds higher than 50 miles per hour.
A majority of KELOLAND is in a Blizzard Warning. There are only two portions of KELOLAND that are not in a warning or advisory.
Blowing snow and reduced visibility are the big concerns overnight.
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered state government offices remain closed across most of the state on Friday.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, offices will close in Hanson, Hutchinson, and McCook Counties.
Offices in Bon Homme, Clay, Custer, Fall River, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Turner, Union, and Yankton Counties will remain open. Offices will also remain open in the western portion of Pennington County (including Hill City, Keystone, and Rapid City).
While executive branch offices will be closed, employees will be working remotely.
By 9 a.m. Thursday, KELOLAND Weather is predicting 4-8″ across northern South Dakota, 2-4″ in the southeast corner of the state, 8-12″ in the Chamberlain area, 3-6″ near Rapid City and over a foot of snow in the Winner area.
Blizzard warnings have been issued from about Timber Lake and includes Pierre down to Winner and Gregory.
Sioux Falls could see an additional 2-4″ inches of snow.
SD road conditions
Interstate 90 is closed from Mitchell to the Wyoming border. I-90 between exits 55 and 67 is open for local travel in the Rapid City area.
Interstate 29 is closed from Watertown to the North Dakota border. The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a combination of new snow and sustained winds has made I-29 impassable.
Drivers can get an idea of what to expect on highways and interstates on the South Dakota 511 website.
No travel is advised on the majority of highways in central and western KELOLAND. In the southeast portion of the state, wet, slippery and icy conditions are prevalent.
As of 2:30 p.m. CT, SDDOT says several highways are currently listed as “Road Impassable” on SD511 including portions of the following roads:
- S.D. Highway 34
- S.D. Highway 44
- S.D. Highway 45
- S.D. Highway 47
- S.D. Highway 49
- S.D. Highway 53
- S.D. Highway 63
- S.D. Highway 240
- S.D. Highway 1806
- U.S. Highway 14
- U.S. Highway 18
- U.S. Highway 83
As weather conditions change, check the KELOLAND Closeline for the latest school and businesses closings across South Dakota.
School closings are in effect in several areas as well including Sioux Falls, Mitchell and Aberdeen.
You can watch as the storm moves into South Dakota by visiting our KELOLAND Live Cam page.
It includes views from more than 30 communities across our area so you can check as the weather changes.