STURGIS, S.D. – The area’s first major winter storm of the season will bring blizzard conditions to much of the area today.
Most of west-central South Dakota is under a blizzard warning with winter storm warnings up for the Black Hills and Butte County.
Winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow with white-out conditions today.
I-90 is closed from Box Elder to Mitchell and no travel is advised on the interstate from the Wyoming line to Piedmont. There is also no travel advised in the Northern Hills and on Highway 34 east of Sturgis.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reports that a combination of accumulating snow, freezing rain and strong winds is causing snow and ice covered roads, along with blizzard-like conditions. Officials report that conditions are approaching near-zero visibility and significant snow drifts are also a factor.
A no-travel advisory has also been posted for the city of Sturgis for today, Tuesday, Dec. 26. The snow is accompanied by winds of 40 to 60 mph. Public works crews are out plowing emergency routes this morning.
Sturgis is in line for an additional 2-4 inches today.