Weather conditions contribute to above average crash numbers

RAPID CITY, S.D.- 11 lives have been lost so far on South Dakota roads in 2022, which is up 10% from last year.

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Courtesy: South Dakota Highway Patrol

Friday’s snow squalls contributed to 6 additional crash reports in the state, with no additional fatalities. The reports consisted of one crash with injuries, three crashes with no injuries, and two slide-ins, all between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a Snow Squall Warning Friday morning, sending a mobile alert that warned drivers of “a sudden drop to near zero visibility and icy roads in heavy sn0w.” The danger in these squalls is not only in the poor visibility and road conditions, but also in the rapid onset of the conditions, which some drivers may be unprepared for if they leave home when the sky is clear.

Officials continue to remind drivers to utilize seatbelts and monitor weather conditions, especially in a state where events like snow squalls aren’t entirely uncommon.

“Far too many! We must be better!” read a tweet Friday from South Dakota Highway Patrol, referencing the number of crashes this year.

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