Updated: 11:05 a.m.

Sioux City experienced record-breaking snowfall Tuesday, according to the National Weather in Sioux Falls. 

The city received 4.2 inches of snow Tuesday, easily breaking the 61-year-old Jan. 24 record of 2.9 inches set in 1956. 

As Sioux City and road crews across Siouxland continue to keep up with freshly falling snow and work to clear roads, agencies are continuing to recommend traveling with caution. 

"At this point I sense that people are starting to dig out," said Tony Mangan, public information officer with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. "I think the thing that people need to remember is just because the snow is stopping and there's no road closure doesn't mean there's not snow and ice."

Mangan urged drivers to check the Department of Transportation's road conditions online or by calling 511 before traveling. 

Mangan said the South Dakota Highway Patrol has not seen any major injury crashes. Crews did work for about 90 minutes last night to clear a jackknifed semi from the northbound lanes of Interstate 29 two miles north of Elk Point, but no one was injured in the crash, he said. 

Southeastern South Dakota was among the hardest-hit areas in Siouxland. Roads continue to be slippery due to snow and ice, according to the DOT. 

Updated: 10:30 a.m.

Northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota are continuing to dig out from snowfall totals of more than a foot in several areas.

A set of snowfall total reports from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls shows as much as 16 inches of snow has fallen so far in Yankton, South Dakota. 

Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen said schools and the county courthouse are closed, but the roads department is doing well to keep roads passable.

"Traffic obviously is lighter, but it's moving at a decent speed," he said. "They’re snow-packed but travelable."

Paulsen said officers have responded to four accident, two of which were during the first hour of snowfall. However, he said, there have been no injuries. 

In O'Brien County, sheriff Allen Schuknecht said the city of Primghar has received about a foot of snow. Reports show as much as 14 inches in Hartley, which lies about 14 miles to the northwest. 

"The roads are passable, but they're slick underneath," he said. 

Schuknecht said the courthouse is closed until noon and schools are closed for the day. Snow was continuing to fall during the mid-morning hours, Schuknecht said. 

"It's winter again," he laughed. 

Updated: 9:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has received reports of snow totals as high as 13 inches in Yankton, South Dakota. 

Other high totals include 11 inches near Ireton, Iowa, 10 inches in Rock Valley, Iowa, 11.5 inches in Alcester, South Dakota, and 8.5 inches in Ponca, Nebraska.

In Sioux City, which received about five inches from the storm and could receive 1 to 2 more throughout the day, Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick with the Sioux City Police Department said there have been no major accidents in town since the snow hit Sioux City. 

"A lot of business and schools have closed. That puts fewer people on the roads," he said. "It's been pretty quiet."

In South Sioux City, garbage pickup has been canceled and will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. Dakota City will have trash pickup on Friday rather than Thursday.

The Dakota County Courthouse is closed today, and the Woodbury County Courthouse is delayed 2 hours. 

Updated: 8:45 a.m.

Sioux City street superintendent Ed Pickens said while priority roads in Sioux City are passable this morning, crews are continuing to work to keep up with the snowfall and blowing snow. 

"They're passable," he said. "Until it stops snowing, we really won't get gaining on everything. We've got everybody out on the street."

Pickens said crews worked throughout the night to clear the roads and are currently operating 50 pieces of snow equipment. The maintenance garage is working round-the-clock, as well, to keep the equipment up and running. 

Sioux City has been under a snow emergency since Monday night, and Pickens said crews have been having trouble with cars parking on incorrect sides of the street. 

"What would help is if people would listen to the emergency snow plan," he said.

Starting at 7 a.m. today, cars are supposed to park on the odd side of the street since the date (Jan. 25) is odd. Beginning 7 a.m. tomorrow, cars will need to park on the even side. 

If there is no parking allowed on one side of the street, cars are not to park on that side of the road on any day of the snow emergency.

Pickens said police have been ticketing incorrectly parked cars and may begin towing them, as well. Pickens said the snow emergency will continue until the mayor lifts it, which he believes will not be until after tomorrow. 

A new snow totals map released by the National Weather Service in Des Moines this morning shows several areas in northwestern Iowa received at least a foot of snow. 

Original story: 7:45 a.m.

SIOUX CITY | Snow across the region is continuing to cause delays and school cancellations today, as more than a foot of snow has fallen in some areas of Siouxland.

Several communities across the region continue to be under snow emergencies, with roads continuing to be 100 percent covered in some areas. 

Two fatal accidents, at least one attributed to the snow, have occurred in northwest Iowa over the past 24 hours. 

Sioux City has received 5.2 inches of snow from the system, which began mid-morning Tuesday, and can expect about an inch more throughout the day, said Tim Masters, a technician with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

A band of much heavier snow traveled between Sioux City and Sioux Falls, dropping as much as 13 inches at some spots in southeastern South Dakota, Masters said. Sioux Falls received 6.4 inches of snow.

Sioux City is under a winter storm warning until noon Wednesday, and areas around Storm Lake, Iowa, and Spencer, Iowa, are in the warning area until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports as of 8 a.m., roads are completely covered across northwest Iowa, with partially covered roads near Sioux City and to the south. 

In southeast South Dakota, roads are reported to be slippery due to snow and ice. Roads are also reported to be completely covered across northeast Nebraska.

The Sioux County Sheriff's office reported in a tweet Wednesday morning that roads are 100 percent covered, asking drivers in the area to drive with care.

Sioux City Community School District, Bishop Heelan Catholic High School and South Sioux City School District have canceled classes today. View updated cancellations on the Sioux City Journal's weather page

Sioux City Transit buses will be running where possible today, and routes may be limited to main streets depending on road conditions. 

Garbage and recycling services are canceled today and have been delayed one day for the rest of the week due to snow.

The Dakota County, Nebraska, courthouse will also be closed today due to weather.

Two fatal accidents occurred in northwest Iowa Tuesday afternoon, as heavy snow fell across the region, prompting early dismissals for several area schools and early closures of government buildings. 

On Highway 3, east of Le Mars, Iowa, an unnamed female driver died Tuesday after she lost control of her car on the ice- and snow-covered roadway and collided with another vehicle in the opposite lane, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office said in a release. 

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office reports that the driver of a pickup truck died shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash involving a semi at the intersection of 390th Street and Garfield Avenue, two miles west of Sioux Center, Iowa. A press release did not specify whether the snowy conditions contributed to the crash.

Masters said the snow is winding down today, with about an inch of additional accumulation expected. He said motorists should be cautious of blowing snow throughout the day.


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