Interstate 90 to close from Sioux Falls to Mitchell
Closure set for 10 p.m.
MITCHELL — Interstate 90 will close from Mitchell to Sioux Falls at 10 p.m. Tuesday night due to conditions brought on by a major winter storm.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation announced the move early Tuesday evening through its official Facebook page.
"A combination of accumulating snow and strong winds is causing snow and ice-covered roads along with blizzard-like conditions,” the release reads. “Conditions are forecasted to continue to deteriorate during the overnight hours and throughout the morning hours.”
The closure affects both eastbound and westbound lanes.
In addition to the I-90 closure, the SDDOT also announced that both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 29 will be closed from the North Dakota state line to Brookings at 8 p.m. Both lanes of I-29 will also be closed from Brookings to Sioux Falls at 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of the state on Wednesday, Feb. 22, with heavy accumulating snow totals and sustained high winds expected to cause blizzard-like conditions and extensive drifting. With conditions approaching near zero visibility and significant drifting of snow, SDDOT anticipates additional sections of I-90 and I-29 will be closed on Wednesday morning as the system moves across the state.
No Travel Advisories are also expected to be placed on secondary highways throughout South Dakota due to high winds, blowing snow and low visibilities associated with this winter storm system.
Motorists should not use secondary highways to avoid Interstate closures. Significantly reduced visibilities and blizzard-like conditions, along with extreme wind chills, will make travel very dangerous over the next few days.
For the latest on road and weather conditions, please visit https://sd511.org or dial 511.