Officials Urge People to Stay off Western SD Roads

Snow and Wintry Road Conditions


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials are urging people to stay off western South Dakota roads that have become impassable after an early autumn snowstorm.

The storm dumped at least three and half feet of snow in the Black Hills city of Lead, 21 inches in Rapid City and 10 inches or more on the surrounding prairie. Interstate 90 remains closed from Murdo to the Wyoming border, and many other roads are blocked.

Officials say snowplows won’t be able to make much progress in clearing roads until at least late Saturday. They say people who try to drive will hamper snowplows and crews trying to restore power in some parts of the area.

State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist says even if people manage to get out of their driveways, there’s still no place to go.

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