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Sioux Falls issues snow alert as weather causes delays, closures, and cancellations

 11th St. in downtown Sioux Falls.
11th St. in downtown Sioux Falls. (KSFY)
Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 9:32 AM CST
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UPDATE: 5 p.m.

The City of Sioux Falls has declared a snow alert beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020. Plowing of emergency snow routes began Friday, January 17, 2020, and will continue until routes are clear. All vehicles parked on emergency snow routes are subject to ticketing and towing.

Zone 3: Plowing in Zone 3 will begin tomorrow morning, Saturday, January 18, 2020, after emergency routes have been cleared. All streets in Zone 3 will be plowed. At that time, all vehicles parked in Zone 3 are subject to ticketing and towing until streets have been plowed.

Zone 2: Plowing of east/west streets will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020. All vehicles parked on east/west streets are subject to ticketing and towing until streets have been plowed or until 5 a.m., whichever is earlier. Although this requirement is in effect only until 5 a.m., any continuing snow removal operations may impact your use of the street for parking.

Plowing of north/south streets will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

All vehicles parked on north/south streets are subject to ticketing and towing until streets have been plowed or until 5 p.m. whichever is earlier. Although this requirement is in effect only until 5 p.m., any continuing snow removal operations may impact your use of the street for parking.

Zone 1: Snow pickup operations in Zone 1 will begin at 1 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020. Vehicles parked in Zone 1 will be subject to ticketing and towing between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Ticketing and Towing: Any vehicle parked in violation of the snow removal ordinances may be ticketed and/or towed after the streets have been cleared.

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

Weather condition throughout the area has led to many delays, closures, and cancellations.

Several state government offices have closed throughout the state. Starting at 1 p.m. today, offices in 42 counties closed. Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Turner, Union, Walworth, and Yankton have all closed.

The Minnehaha County Courthouse also closed earlier today.

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation said all five community centers are closed Friday due to weather.

All programs, including the walking program, playgroup program, and weekday open gym program have been canceled.

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation community centers are located at:

Kenny Anderson Community Center

3701 East Third Street

Kuehn Park Community Center

2801 South Valley View Road

MariCar Community Center

400 North Valley View Road

Morningside Community Center

2400 South Bahnson Avenue

Oyate Community Center

2421 West 15th Street

The Midco Aquatic Center closed Friday and will be closed on Saturday. City ice rinks will also be closed Saturday.

The Empire Mall will close at 5 p.m.

Find more closings here:

Most flights into and out of the

Friday morning are cancelled or delayed.

The First Alert Weather Team will continue to track the storm on all Dakota News Now newscasts. You can also find updates on the First Alert

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What's the weather like in your area? Send us your pictures and video

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Road conditions:

UPDATE: 11 a.m.

The City of Sioux Falls has issued a travel advisory.

Officials say the main concern is limited visibility, especially on the outskirts of town.

Roadways are becoming snow-packed and slippery as blowing snow, scattered slippery spots, and snow accumulations are making travel dangerous.

Officials are urging extra caution if you have to travel.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

Snow has begun drifting across roads in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota as a winter storm system makes its way across the area.

Snow began to fall around 7 a.m. in Sioux Falls.

Roads are slick in spots, and Dakota News NOw has received several reports of minor accidents and cars in ditches in the area.

Meteorologist Aaron Doudna said snow is expected to fall at a fast rate Friday morning, then taper off later in the day.

UPDATE: 5:30 a.m.

A potentially dangerous winter storm has moved into eastern South Dakota.

Most of the area is in a winter storm warning until Saturday. Snow has already begun falling in Vermillion, and is expected to move into the Sioux Falls area by 7 a.m.

The storm is also expected to impact northwestern Iowa and western Minnesota later Friday morning.

Some spots could see over six inches of snow Friday. Snow will give way to colder temps and wind gusts of up to 50 mph Saturday.

Over 100 schools and other organizations closed Friday due to the storm. You can find the full list

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The Sioux Falls Regional Airport issued an advisory that air travel will likely be impacted by the storm. You can find the latest arrival and departure updates

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The First Alert Weather Team will continue to track the storm on all Dakota News Now newscasts. You can also find updates on the First Alert

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What's the weather like in you area? Send us your pictures and video

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Road conditions:

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Original story:

Dangerous weather conditions are expected this weekend as snow and ice forecasted to fall Friday give way to strong winds on Saturday.

Dakota News Now meteorologist Aaron Doudna said Thursday morning the latest models show a mix of snow and freezing rain will move into eastern South Dakota, western Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa Friday morning, which will likely give way to snow by late morning.

The Sioux Falls area could see 3-6 inches of snow in the system, with some spots likely to see more.

The precipitation is expected to give way to colder temperatures and strong winds Saturday. Highs will range from the single digits in the north to the teens in the south. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are possible.

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