Blizzard buries South Dakota; interstates 90 and 94 closed

| 11/7/2008

An early snowstorm dumped close to four feet of snow on the Northern Plains on Thursday, Nov. 6, effectively shutting down the western half of South Dakota and parts of North Dakota.

According to The Associated Press, state officials issued a simple message for anyone thinking of trying to drive in western South Dakota’s blizzard: Don’t.

That was Thursday afternoon. By Friday, dozens of motorists were stranded and thousands of residents were without power as strong winds whipped across the plains.

A long stretch of Interstate 90 in South Dakota was closed on Friday, though dozens of motorists were already stranded on the road, some having been there more than 24 hours.

In North Dakota, a stretch of Interstate 94 between Mandan and Dickenson was also closed. Neither state had given any details as of Friday afternoon on when those roads might be reopened.