State government offices in South Dakota closed at 12Noon today because of the worsening weather conditions. Officials say essential services will remain open, including the state Emergency Operations Center in Pierre. State employees who have not been able to reach work due to the severe weather are encouraged to stay home.
State officials have announced that Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Wall has reopened. Interstate 90 between Wall and Mitchell remains closed.
Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether has declared a state of emergency in the city due to the number of downed trees and power lines. Thousands are still without power in Sioux Falls. Huether says they're concerned about the effects of the anticipated heavy snow tonight.
Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Services says heavy snow will spread across much of the area this evening. The weather service says the heaviest snow is now expected in eastern South Dakota.
Xcel Energy says approximately 35,000 customers in South Dakota are still without power. James Wilcox with Xcel says crews have been able to restore power to an estimated 25,000 people, but the adverse weather is still creating new outages. More than 230 crew members from surrounding states are working to restore electricity to those in south central and southeastern South Dakota. The crew will increase to 350 by Thursday.
Brookings County remains under a Winter Storm Warning through 1pm Thursday.
In the city of Brookings, a parking ban is in effect for all city streets, avenues, and alleys. The city hopes to lift the parking ban by mid-day Friday, April 12. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing.