Interstates closing in eastern SD

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Transportation has announced that portions of Interstates 90 and 29 will be closing Friday night.

Both west and east bound lanes of Interstate 90 will be closed between Mitchell and Sioux Falls starting at 7 p.m. CST.

North and south bound lanes of I29 will be closed between Sioux Falls and the North Dakota border.

The closures come as the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in eastern counties, some that will last until 6 p.m. CST Saturday.

Many highways are ice covered, snow-packed and slippery, and visibility ranges from one-quarter of a mile to zero. Travel is being strongly discouraged across most of eastern South Dakota well into Saturday. Drivers trying to avoid the closures are reminded that state highways and county roads will not be any better and may likely be worse.

Travelers are reminded that SDDOT crews will plow until early evening hours as conditions allow, and it is safe for the drivers. After that, winter maintenance will be suspended and will resume about 5 a.m. the next morning, weather permitting.

With the significant forecasted snow totals and high winds, it will take some time for crews to get roads clear and open again. If an interstate is closed, do not assume other highways are in any better condition.

You can find the latest road conditions at SafeTravel USA or by calling 5-1-1.

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