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I-29 reopened Thursday morning

A semi stuck in the snow on I-29 near the New Effington exit on April 4, 2023.
South Dakota Highway Patrol
A semi stuck in the snow on I-29 near the New Effington exit on April 4, 2023.

Update, 8 a.m. April 6: Officials reopened all of Interstate 29 in northeast South Dakota Thursday morning.

While snowfall is letting up, large portions of South Dakota remain under a blizzard warning Wednesday due to strong winds.

The worst conditions are persisting through central and northeast South Dakota, according to the National Weather Service. Some areas are experiencing wind gusts approaching 50 miles per hour.

Interstate 29 from Watertown to the North Dakota border remains closed Wednesday. According to the Department of Transportation, this section will likely remain closed until the wind relents. All of Interstate 90 reopened Wednesday morning. Large stretches of the road were previously closed in the western part of the state.

Gov. Kristi Noem ordered dozens of state offices closed for the second straight day.

The 511 road conditions map shows poor driving conditions across much of the state.

Weather resources

State offices are closed in the following counties Wednesday: Beadle, Bennett, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Corson, Day, Dewey, Edmonds, Faulk, Grant, Haakon, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, Marshall, McPherson, Mellette, Oglala Lakota, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Todd, Walworth, and Ziebach.

Josh Chilson is the news director at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. A Florence, S.D. native, Josh graduated with a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and videographer, and most recently as managing editor for Dakota News Now. Josh is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls studio.