Storm covers area with iceSnow, cold, wind in forecast.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
A winter storm moved across South Dakota Friday, leaving vehicles in ditches and causing ballgames and other events to be postponed.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial closed for the day as the storm grew more intense.
Windy, cold conditions will continue through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation issued a no-travel advisory for much of western South Dakota on Friday afternoon. The advisory was in effect on Interstate 90 from milepost 67 east of Rapid City to milepost 130 at Cactus Flats.
In Mitchell, there were numerous reports of vehicles sliding off roads and landing in ditches, but no serious injuries were reported by nightfall.
Sheriffs’ offices around the region reported few accidents during the day, but said roads were getting slick as the day passed and more rain fell and the temperature dropped.
Heavy snow and high winds were forecast for western, central and northeast South Dakota, and dense fog was rolling into southeast South Dakota on Friday night.
While some parts of western and northern South Dakota may get up to 8 inches of snow, the Mitchell area may see 1 to 3 inches or even less.
But a powerful wind, with gusts up to 40 mph, is forecast for today. It will be cold, with a high in the mid-teens.
Snow may return tonight, as temperatures drop to around 4 degrees. Sunday should be sunnier, with little chance for snow, but still cold, with a high of around 15.