Travel impacts, I-90 closure expected to continue through Thursday
RAPID CITY, S.D.– I-90 remains closed from Box Elder to Chamberlain, as blowing snow continues to drop visibility to just a few feet in many areas.
An inch, or less, of snow fell across western South Dakota, but with winds up to 60 miles per hour, visibility dropped quickly. Wednesday afternoon and evening, over 100 vehicles were stuck between New Underwood and Wall along the interstate, and South Dakota Highway Patrol started a convoy late Thursday morning to help anyone still in Wall reach Rapid City.
A Blizzard Warning remains in place for much of South Dakota until 5 a.m. Friday (West River) and 5 p.m. Friday (East River), as winds peak near 60 miles per hour this (Thursday) afternoon. A Wind Chill Warning remains in place for all of South Dakota and portions of surrounding states through 5 p.m. Friday.
Although cold temperatures stick around Friday, winds will decrease steadily all day long. Road conditions are also expected to improve Friday, so travel will become more possible as we approach the weekend.
The strong front that passed through our region yesterday (Wednesday) is still moving eastward, so the eastern half of the country could still see closures and cancellations into the holiday weekend.