Blizzard Closes Interstate, Airport in South Dakota

A blizzard is hitting South Dakota. A blizzard is hitting South Dakota. |  Photo: Pennington County, SD, Sheriff's Office via Twitter

From Associated Press reports
Updated: March 14, 2019 10:11 AM

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's governor has closed state offices across much of the state as blizzard conditions move in from the West.

Offices in 49 of South Dakota's 66 counties are closed Thursday as the National Weather Service warns of blizzard and winter-storm conditions. Gov. Kristi Noem says only essential personnel in the affected state offices should go to work.

Heavy rain has caused flooding in southern and eastern South Dakota, with water covering some roads and highways.

On Wednesday, blizzard conditions forced the closure of the Rapid City Regional Airport and a 263-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from Chamberlain to the Wyoming border.

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South Dakota officials recommend that motorists not try to travel Thursday.

— Pennington County SO (@PennCoSheriff) March 13, 2019

Rapid City Regional Airport said at midday Wednesday that it is closed until further notice because of the approaching storm.

The airport said in a news release that it would reopen as soon as conditions warrant. It says it's closing in the "best interest of public safety."

In Sioux Falls, many flights were canceled at its regional airport because of visibility of less than 1/8 of a mile. Arrivals and departures that were canceled include flights from and to Florida, Arizona and Texas.


From Associated Press reports

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