SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -

The City of Sioux Falls says snow removal efforts are under way and will continue throughout the day as Sioux Falls sees its first major snowfall.

Crews are continuing to work to clear emergency snow routes and will move into secondary snow routes once the snow stops and all emergency routes are clear.

“This snow began overnight and continued through the morning commute, which creates the biggest challenge,” says Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works. “However, because the ground is still warm and highs will be above freezing today, most of the snow should melt pretty quickly on its own once the storm moves through.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting the heavy accumulating snow will be through our area by early afternoon.

City officials say a snow alert will not be declared for this snow event. Neighborhood streets will not be plowed, but snow removal crews will apply a combination of salt and sand where needed on well-traveled residential streets to accelerate the melting process.

“Our typical approach on residential streets after light snowfalls when the temperatures are warmer is to apply a mixture of 10 percent salt and 90 percent sand,” says Cotter. “This approach is the most efficient way to move this kind of wet snow under these conditions. When the sun comes out this weekend, the snow should melt quickly.”

Officer Sam Clemens says 43 crashes were reported between 5 a.m. - 10 a.m. Friday morning. The majority of the crashes were reported between 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.

If you have questions regarding street snow removal, call the Public Works Street Division at 367-8255. For questions about sidewalk snow removal, contact Property Maintenance at 978-6900. All the information you need about snow removal in Sioux Falls is at www.siouxfalls.org/snow or follow @CitySiouxFalls on Twitter.