Blizzard Conditions To Worsen Thursday

(KCCR) — A strong late winter storm continues to lash South Dakota with flooding, ice and heavy snow. State officials closed Interstate-90 from Chamberlain to the Wyoming border and Governor Kristi Noem is urging residents to stay put…

“Our crews are doing their very best to keep the main highways open and clear, but I want to remind everyone that you should not be traveling unless it is absolutely critical. We have just closed I-90, that decision has been made so please do not try to access I-90. Again I want to remind everyone if you are out and about you should not be. If it’s avoidable you should go home and be safe where it’s warm. When these winds pick up it’s going to get pretty interesting out there and we would prefer that you be off the roads at that time.”
Noem says her office has been in contact with local and Tribal officials across the state…

“My Administration’s been in constant contact with local and county officials on the storm. We also have been pre-positioning snow plows and other assets so that we have maximum effectiveness to be able to help out and meet needs that the public may have throughout the storm event. And we have also reached out proactively to each of the nine sovereign Tribes to ensure that we have open lines of communication during the storm and that we can help them if necessary as well.”
Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says conditions are bad and not getting any better.…

“The National Weather Service, what they’re telling us is as the day goes on conditions are going to continue to deteriorate down to zero visibility, winds 40 to 50 with gusts up to 60 miles an hour with heavy snow. They’re still talking that 10 to 15-16 inch snow range through tomorrow with winds up in that 40-50 mile range through late tomorrow afternoon so we’re advising there’s no travel at all. People need to stay home. Emergency crews won’t be able to get out there very easily, so we’re asking that folks adhere to the warning and stay home.”
No travel is also being advised by the Sully County Sheriff’s Office in Sully County and the Stanley County Highway Department in Stanley.