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A vehicle travels eastbound Friday on Interstate 90 in Rapid City.

Ryan Hermens, Journal staff

PIERRE | Eastern South Dakota is starting to emerge from a slow-moving storm that held most of the state in its grip Thursday through Sunday. 

Officials announced at 8 a.m. Sunday that they were re-opening Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls, and Interstate 29 from Watertown to Sioux Falls.

According to a news release from the South Dakota Department of Transportation, I-90 from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota border re-opened an hour later.

Parts of I-90 had been closed since Friday, when officials closed the interstate from Rapid City to Murdo. As the storm moved east, road closures soon followed. 

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State officials said heavy snowfall and high winds on Saturday caused a large amount of blowing and drifting snow on roads. Officials cautioned Sunday morning that roads were still icy, and advised motorists to reduce speed and drive carefully.

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