Spring Storm to Hit South Dakota

snowRAPID CITY, S.D. – State Transportation and Public Safety officials are cautioning motorists that travel may become difficult, if not impossible, from late Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening across much of western South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves into the state.

Officials with the National Weather Service say snowfall amounts from six to 24 inches are expected throughout western South Dakota from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening. North central areas of the state could see four to six inches and much of the rest of the state can expect heavy rainfall.

Along with the heavy, wet snow, strong winds from 20-35 mph, with gusts of 40-50a mph, will create areas of limited visibility and hazardous driving conditions, especially during the day on Sunday.

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“Conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly once the snow moves into the state, says Darin Bergquist, secretary of the Department of Transportation. “We are asking travelers to take this storm seriously and be prepared to alter travel plans over the Mother’s Day weekend.”

Officials are encouraging motorists to get where they are going before Saturday evening and consider delaying travel plans on Sunday, possibly into Monday, until the storm has passed and crews are able to clear the roadways.

Travelers are reminded that SDDOT crews will plow until early evening hours as conditions allow. After that, winter maintenance will be suspended and will resume about 5 a.m. the next morning, weather permitting.

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Motorists who must travel should drive with extreme caution and are encouraged to visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories before heading out.


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  • Thisoldspouse

    Did this ever materialize?

    • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

      Yes it did. We got somewhere around 18 inches where I live in Rapid City. I hear other parts up in the Black Hills got that 2 feet or so. Fortunately, it was melting fast by Monday.

      • Thisoldspouse

        Good to hear, although I hope it doesn’t pose a serious flooding risk.

        We’re getting drought-busting rains here in Texas, praise God. This looks like a repeat of 2007.