UPDATE: The South Dakota Department of Transportation has re-opened a stretch of Interstate 29 in South Dakota that closed Monday afternoon due to heavy snow and high winds.
At the same time, officials are urging caution, advising motorists to postpone travel until Tuesday if possible.
The closure stretched approximately 73 miles from the Iowa border north to the Tea, South Dakota, exit.
A news release from the DOT reports that heavy snow from Monday's blizzard has compacted onto the roadway, creating extremely slippery conditions on I-29 and surrounding highways. Strong winds could also cause drifting and reduce visibility, making conditions potentially risky for travel Monday night.
Officials recommend packing an emergency winter survival kit including a charged cell phone.
NORTH SIOUX CITY | Seventy-three miles of Interstate 29 in South Dakota have closed starting at the Iowa border due to heavy snow, high winds and several jackknifed and stuck vehicles.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reports the closure of both the northbound and southbound lanes begins at the Iowa border and extends north to the Tea, South Dakota, exit. Motorists are being asked to postpone travel plans in the area until Tuesday.
"We understand people want to be on the roads and about their business, but we ask for patience while the storm moves through this area of the state," said Greg Fuller, director of operations. "Traveling in these hazardous conditions puts your life and the lives of first responders in danger.
Siouxland is in the middle of the first major winter storm of the year, with much of the area in a Blizzard warning and amounts of a foot or more expected throughout the day.