SD interstates finally reopen Tuesday, but no travel advised


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota officials have opened the remaining closed portion of Interstate 90 from Murdo to Mitchell.

This completely opens I-90.

I-29 was reopened earlier Tuesday morning.

Officials want to strongly caution motorists that even though I-90 and I-29 are open and passable, many areas of both highways are extremely icy and speeds will be greatly reduced. Drivers are encouraged to only travel if absolutely necessary, especially after dark.

While there are no road closures, there are still some “No Travel Advisories” posted in a few areas where visibility is limited and roads are icy, including parts of I-90.

Officials are seeing crashes where drivers are underestimating and overdriving road conditions.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls reported 6.2 inches of snow in Mitchell as of midnight Tuesday.

The northern part of South Dakota received higher snowfall totals, with Sisseton getting 10.6 inches and Aberdeen at 9.6. Those are unofficial totals.

A 200-mile stretch of Interstate 90 that had been closed, in part, since Monday morning, stranding hundreds of motorists, opened from Sioux Falls to Mitchell early Tuesday afternoon and the remaining portion from Mitchell to Murdo opened later in the afternoon.

Several state highways remained impassable and authorities advised no travel on the interstate unless “absolutely necessary.”