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Wind Continues to Make Travel Difficult in the Northeast

For Immediate Release: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265


PIERRE, S.D. – Officials are cautioning travelers the strong winds in the northeastern part of the state are not expected to decrease until later this evening and motorists are asked to stay off highways in that area.


There are currently No Travel Advisories posted on many state highways, including Interstate 29, in the northeast and that is not expected to change before tomorrow morning. Heavy drifting and blowing snow are creating hazardous driving conditions on both state and local roadways.


Department of Transportation maintenance crews have been out since 4 a.m. and will be brought in off highways between 7 and 8 p.m. so they are able to get rest before starting again tomorrow morning (Monday).


Motorists are asked to stay put and change any travel plans in the northeastern part of the state until tomorrow.


Motorists should visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or call 511 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories before travelling Monday morning. Conditions will be updated around 7 or 8 p.m. tonight and then again Monday morning between 4 and 5 a.m.


If you must travel in other areas of the state, the departments of Transportation and Public Safety recommend travelers also take the following steps.

  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Travel during the day
  • Drive with your headlights on (not daytime running lights) so you can be seen by other motorists from the front and rear
  • Don’t use cruise control on icy or snow-covered roads
  • Use highly traveled roads and highways
  • Keep family and friends informed of your travel schedule and route
  • Call 511 or visit safetravelusa.com for road conditions
  • Keep a winter weather survival kit in your car.  The kit should include blankets, warm clothing, water, energy bars, a flashlight, a distress flag, a shovel and matches
  • Travel with a charged cell phone, but don’t rely on it to get you out of a bad situation

§    Change travel plans as weather conditions warrant


If you do get stranded:

§    Stay in your vehicle

  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes an hour to stay warm
  • When the engine is running, open a window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.  Periodically clearing snow from the exhaust pipe will also help prevent carbon monoxide buildup
  • When it’s dark outside, turn on the interior light so rescuers can see you
  • Put up a distress flag, or spread a large colored cloth on the ground to attract attention from rescuers


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