Snow fades but winds continue to blast West River

Pretty good visibility Thursday morning but with strong winds continuing, there could be ground blizzard conditions through most of the day.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Interstate 90 is still closed, most roads are in poor condition and many government agencies are shut down Thursday in the aftermath of the blizzard.

Interstate 90 remains closed from the Wyoming state line to Chamberlain-Oacoma and no travel advisories are posted on other highways. No travel is also advised in Rapid City and Pennington County.

There is no timeline yet for when the interstate will reopen. Call 511 or visit www.safetravelusa.com before venturing out Thursday.

Even when roads become passable, drivers need to be cautious because the strong winds will continue to blow snow across the roads throughout the day.

Regional Airport is also closed. Travelers should not try to get to the airport at the time of this post. Road travel is very difficult and advisories remain in effect. Commercial flights Thursday morning are cancelled or significantly delayed until the runway is re-opened.

All state government offices across South Dakota are closed Thursday, not just because of the West River blizzard but also due to flooding. Heavy rain has caused flooding in south central and southeast South Dakota with water covering some roads and highways.