City issues no travel advisory in Mitchell, plow crews prep to tackle heavy lift

City officials say many streets in residential areas are becoming impassable as the blizzard intensifies over night

A car sit in the ditch along Highway 37 on Wednesday, Jan, 4, 2023, after a blizzard dropped 23 inches of snow.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — Due to the heavy snow and strong wind gusts hitting Mitchell, city officials issued a no travel advisory late Wednesday night.

According to the Mitchell Police Department, many streets in residential areas are impassable. Officials recommend against traveling during the advisory.

In the city's no travel advisory memo, it dubs the ongoing blizzard as a "dangerous storm," adding residents should not travel if at all possible. Officers will be responding to emergency calls only during this time, city officials say.

Thursday morning, the city started plowing east-west streets in city limits. Officials are reminding residents that any vehicle parked on an east-west street is subject to ticket and towing.

Plow crews will continue plowing emergency snow routes full width and then move to all other streets to be plowed full width.


"Even though we have been by once does not mean we are done," a message from the city says. "So please refrain from cleaning driveways and sidewalks until your street has been completely cleared full width."

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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