No travel is advised across most of northeastern South Dakota, including in Brown County, as a blizzard rolls though the area.
Snow started in Aberdeen the morning of Tuesday, April 4, and winds have since increased, decreasing visibility and making travel difficult.
Interstate 29 from Watertown north to the North Dakota border closed at 2 p.m., according to a news release from the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Interstate 90 is also closed between Wall and Spearfish in West River.
Track no travel advisories online
The latest South Dakota road conditions can be found online at www.sd511.org/.
A combination of heavy snow accumulation and sustained strong winds is causing snow- and ice-covered roads and streets in northeastern and north-central South Dakota, according to the DOT.
The conditions are expected to continue overnight and into Wednesday, which is why authorities keep reiterating that nobody should travel unless it’s an emergency.
Government agencies and schools are closed in Aberdeen and beyond, as are many businesses. County offices, which were closed Tuesday, are planning to re-open at noon on Wednesday. State offices will remain closed Wednesday. City offices had preplanned to be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday.
A blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday, April 6 for the Aberdeen/Redfield area. Winds are expected to continue gusting at 40 mph through Wednesday night.
Plowing of Aberdeen streets begins Wednesday
Plowing of city streets in Aberdeen begins Wednesday morning.
Clearing of emergency snow routs will begin at 6 a.m. At 7 a.m., the blowing of north-south streets in Zone 2 and all streets and avenues in Zone 3 begins. Then, at 1 p.m., all east-west avenues in Zone 2 will be cleared.
Zone 2 includes most streets and avenues in the main part of the city. Zone 3 includes streets and avenues on the edges of town.
Plowing in the downtown core area, Zone 1, begins at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Clearing of city parking lots begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 7.
A copy of the city snow removal map follows.
Vehicles parked on the street after plowing begins in a zone until snow is removed from curb to curb are subject to ticketing and towing.
It is illegal to move snow into streets before or after they are cleared except in the commercial zone, when it can be done only before Zone 1 is cleared.