State officials have closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between Exit 10 at Spearfish and Exit 55 at Rapid City effective immediately on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29.
Officials with the state Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say at least one multiple vehicle accident, along with white-out conditions with zero to near zero visibility, icy roads and drifting snow are making safe travel almost impossible along this stretch of I-90.
That segment of Interstate will remain closed until conditions improve and crews are able to clear the roadway. Snow and strong winds are not expected to die down until later in the day on Wednesday and it will take time to clear the roadway.
Officials are also cautioning drivers in other areas of the state that strong winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph are making travel extremely difficult, especially for semi-trucks and other high profile vehicles.
Winter maintenance has been suspended in some areas where it is too dangerous for the plows to be on the roadway. Operations will resume once it is safe to do so.
Officials are asking motorists and semi-truck drivers to consider changing travel plans until conditions improve.
The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning remains in effect through tonight for snow and blowing snow. Travel will be difficult, especially over and near the northern Black Hills on I-90. A high wind warning is in effect for the Rapid City and Hermosa area through this evening for 60 mph wind gusts. A winter weather advisory is in effect for portions of northwest into central parts of the state for snow and blowing snow and travel will be hazardous.
Several “No Travel Advisories” are in effect for various areas of the state. Motorists are encouraged to check conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 511 before heading out.
Courtesy: SD Department of Public Safety