Winter weather comes to KOTA Territory - KOTA Territory News

Winter weather comes to KOTA Territory


It's starting to feel like January in KOTA Territory, and that winter weather is making travel a little more difficult than usual.

According to the Department of Transportation, Highway 44 and most of Interstate 90 west of New Underwood are icy and slippery because of snow fall, wind, and cold temperatures. Highways 85 and 34 are icy and slippery in scattered sections.

Most travelers heading out of town say they're willing to brave the winter weather, but that doesn't mean they aren't prepared for the worst. "We've already been through this before," said Traveler Ray Vigil. "We've traveled to Sheridan and it was just slick ice all the way there and back."

Truck driver Forrest Futtere says he's prepared to camp out in his truck if road conditions get too bad. "Oh I'll probably be on the road tonight again sleeping in the truck and I normally don't sleep with it running, but I think I will tonight it'll be down to ten below or something like that tonight," said Futtere.

There is no travel advised on Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Wall as well as south of Rapid City on Highway 16 and parts of Highway 385.


UPDATE 3:30 P.M.

South Dakota D.O.T cautions all travelers that heavy snow mixed with extremely high winds across western, central and northeast South Dakota will create difficult driving conditions Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

There is no travel advised South of Rapid City on Highways 16, 16A, 87, 79, 40, 385, and 471. There is also no travel advised north of interstate 90 on highway 73, highway 14, Highway 34, and on Interstate 90 east of New underwood and continuing past Wall. There is no travel advised on parts of Highway 44 and Highway 73 south of Philip as well.

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