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Storm Moving Into Western SD to Create Travel Difficulties

PIERRE, S.D. – Officials are cautioning travelers that a winter storm currently making its way into South Dakota, will likely make travel difficult in the western and central parts of the state, especially the Black Hills, this afternoon through Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a winter storm warning has been issued for the northern Black Hills with heavy snow and strong winds gusting from 45-55 mph.

Travel conditions are expected to become hazardous this afternoon and could possibly affect the evening commute. Motorists should be prepared for snow-packed and slippery roads, limited visibility and heavy drifting.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the rest of western and central parts of the state. Varied snow accumulations of two to five inches and wind gusts up to 29 mph overnight could make travel conditions hazardous with icy roads and limited visibility as the system moves to the east.

Officials are encouraging motorists to move up travel plans to avoid travel during the storm system expected to last through Tuesday.

Motorists should visit https://www.safetravelusa.com/ sd/, download the SDDOT 511 app or call 5-1-1 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories before heading out. Sign up for ClearPath511 for closure notifications by text message or email.

Motorists are also reminded to give snowplows plenty of room to work and do not pass unless it is safe & you can see the road in front of the plow. The safest place is eight car lengths behind the plow, they are placing chemicals and clearing the road in front of you.

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10:09 pm, April 21, 2024
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