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No-Travel Advised On I-90 from Piedmont to the Wyoming Line
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For Immediate Release:  Monday, March 4, 2013

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265

 

No-Travel Advised On I-90 from Piedmont to the Wyoming Line

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota Department of Transportation officials advise high winds are causing areas of near-zero visibility, along with blowing and drifting snow, on Interstate 90 from Piedmont (Exit 46) to the Wyoming line and the surrounding area.

 

The National Weather Service has said the strong winds will continue until Tuesday and motorists should expect difficult driving conditions, especially during the overnight hours.

 

“I strongly encourage people who must travel to visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or call 511 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories before heading out,” said Kristi Sandal, public information officer.  “Keep in mind that visibility and road conditions can change rapidly as the storm system moves through the area.”

 

The department says crews are out clearing roadways in the areas it is safe to do so. If you encounter a snowplow, please slow down and keep a safe distance. Do not try to pass a plow in low-visibility situations.

 

The Departments of Transportation and Public Safety recommend travelers also take the following steps.

  • Call 511 or visit safetravelusa.com for road conditions
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Travel during the day
  • Drive with your headlights on (not daytime running lights) so you can be seen by other motorists from the front and rear
  • Use highly traveled roads and highways
  • Keep family and friends informed of your travel schedule and route
  • Keep a winter weather survival kit in your car.  The kit should include blankets, warm clothing, water, energy bars, a flashlight, a distress flag, a shovel and matches
  • Travel with a charged cell phone, but don’t rely on it to get you out of a bad situation

§     Change travel plans as weather conditions warrant

 

If you do get stranded:

§    Stay with your vehicle – do not try to walk for help

  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes an hour to stay warm
  • When the engine is running, open a window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.  Periodically clearing snow from the exhaust pipe will also help prevent carbon monoxide buildup
  • When it’s dark outside, turn on the interior light so rescuers can see you
  • Put up a distress flag, or spread a large colored cloth on the ground to attract attention from rescuers

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