Highway officials urge caution as storm worsens in western South Dakota

2013-04-09T07:16:00Z 2013-04-09T18:45:03Z Highway officials urge caution as storm worsens in western South DakotaJournal staff Rapid City Journal
April 09, 2013 7:16 am  • 

Updated 6:30 p.m. More snow and continued wind combined late Tuesday afternoon to make travel dangerous in western South Dakota, where Interstate 90 was closed.

With 8 inches to 15 inches of snow on the ground in areas across the region, state highway officials advised against travel and encouraged those who must go out to reduced speeds and drive with caution.

Interstate 90 was closed from Rapid City to Sioux Falls by 6 p.m. Tuesday. After a lull in snowfall earlier in the day in Rapid City, the snow resumed and the forecast called for an additional six inches to a foot  by Wednesday morning.

Drivers can check road conditions here

Original story: The Rapid City Police Department is urging residents not to travel in the city unless it's absolutely necessary.

Over six inches of snow have fallen overnight in downtown Rapid City according to the National Weather Service.

NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook and winter storm warning for Bennett, Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, northern Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon, Todd, Tripp and Ziebach counties.

Drivers without four-wheel drive will have difficulty getting around, as plows have not been able to access most city roads at this time, according to Rapid City police.

Visibility is currently about a quarter mile, and streets are icy with heavy drifting and high winds.

Please use good judgment and avoid all unnecessary travel. 

The winter storm will continue to bring widespread snow to the area today and tonight. Periods of sleet are possible as well, according to National Weather Service.

Snow totals:

Rapid City: 7 inches at 11 a.m.

Spearfish: 12 inches at 9 a.m.

Pactola Lake: 5 inches at 7 a.m.

Martin: 10 inches at 7 a.m.

Hot Springs: 9 inches at 8 a.m.

Sturgis: 7 inches at 7 a.m.

Pine Ridge: 8 inches at 8 a.m.

Kyle: 4 inches at 7 a.m.

Gillette: 8 inches at 7 a.m.

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  1. RCMomof3
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    RCMomof3 - April 09, 2013 9:59 pm
    We were told that customers from CA to NY do not care about our SD weather so we were not closing and expected to be there. I couldn't make it off my majorly drifted street and will be getting written up for calling in. Maybe worse if I can't make it tomorrow either.
  2. Jim Stewart
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    Jim Stewart - April 09, 2013 6:14 pm
    I just heard on South Dakota Socialist Radio that I-90 is closed from Rapid City to Sioux Falls.
  3. rccowgirl
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    rccowgirl - April 09, 2013 3:54 pm
    I agree if no travel is advised employers should not punish their employees for not coming to work. Unfortunately there is not anything you can do if they require you come to work.
  4. RCRezident
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    RCRezident - April 09, 2013 2:01 pm
    The Journal should run a story about employers who expect workers to drive to the outskirts of town or anywhere in town and work until late at night when the local authorities are requesting no travel within the city limits and parts of the interstate are closed. Why risk damage to the only vehicle I have access to, my kid's and my own safety, and financial loss (tow trucks etc) for the opportunity to not get in trouble at work? It doesn't make any sense to me.
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