Rapid city officials prepare for the winter storm coming on Wednesday

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Rapid city officials are preparing for what could be the biggest storm of the winter.

All Rapid City public schools, city and county offices and Rapid Transit Services are closed on Wednesday.

Rapid City officials are learning from experience, using some new equipment after learning from the winter storm in October 2013. The fire department is bringing out a vehicle called a Haaglund. It can rescue up to 15 people at a time.

The Black Hills Snow Mobile Association is also joining the storm rescue team. About 15 to 25 snow mobiles will be able to rescue people in the Rapid City area.

Road closings will be announced by the Department of Transportation throughout Wednesday and Thursday. But there are already plans to close I-90 on Wednesday.

My advice to you is to stay home. It's only going to be a day or two. Don't panic. But if you insist on traveling in these blizzard conditions you may be on your own. We may not have the resources to rescue every curious driver," Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said.

The city plans to decide at noon on tomorrow if the city offices, the rapid transit system, and the schools are going to remain closed on Thursday.
For more updates from officials, follow South Dakota Winter Storm 2019 on Twitter.