PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota officials are closing Interstate 29 from the North Dakota border to the Iowa border as of 6:30 p.m. Monday night, March 5.
No travel advisories are posted on many highways across South Dakota and North Dakota as roadways are snow-packed and icy. Heavy snow and strong winds gusting upwards of 35 mph to 50 mph, are making safe travel nearly impossible on I-29 and most highways in eastern South Dakota and other parts of the region.
Plowing on the South Dakota highways will be suspended in the early evening hours and travel will not be advised during the overnight hours.
Also closed in South Dakota is Interstate 90 from Sioux Falls on the far eastern edge of South Dakota to Murdo in western South Dakota effective immediately.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a no-travel advisory that covered nearly all of the northwestern part of the state, as well as places in the central and southeast parts of the state. The advisory warned of icy roads, blowing snow and near-zero visibility.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation lifted a “no travel” advisory in southwest and west-central Minnesota, but warned that travel is still difficult with slippery roads, blowing snow and limited visibility.
In North Dakota, even some cities were recommending no travel. In Minot, the police advised no unnecessary travel as the snow was falling at a rate faster than it could be plowed making the hills especially difficult to navigate.
The National Weather Service in Bismarck predicted winds as high as 35 mph overnight Monday and into Tuesday.
The snow caused power outages in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. On Monday afternoon, 346 were without power in Fairview, 155 in Bainville and 436 in Culbertson, according to Montana-Dakota Utilities. Fewer than 20 homes were without power in Williston.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 6, for northwest South Dakota and southwest North Dakota. Winter weather warnings and advisories are in place for other areas of the state.
Motorists are encouraged to check conditions at www.safetravelusa.com or by calling 511 before travelling through Tuesday.