UPDATE: SD DOT reopens I-29 but urges drivers to avoid travel until Tuesday

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(KSFY) - Interstate South Dakota Department of Transportation has reopened a portion of Interstate 29 that closed Monday due to blizzard conditions. However, they do caution drivers to avoid travel until Tuesday.

The SD DOT writes on Twitter, Monday night:

"I-29 has reopened between Tea and the Iowa border, both north and southbound. Travel cautioned due to compacted snow and ice. Blowing snow will continue to cause drifting and low visibility tonight. Postpone travel until Tuesday if possible."

Original Story:

Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety have closed the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 29 from the Tea Exit 73 to the Iowa border.

Numerous jackknifed and stuck vehicles, heavy snow and strong winds are making travel through the corridor impossible.

Officials said they are closing at the Tea Exit as conditions south of there are deteriorating rapidly and there is no place for motorists to get off the Interstate to seek shelter.

Additional snowfall and continued strong winds are likely to make travel hazardous for the rest of today and possibly overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

“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,’’ Greg Fuller, director of operations, said in a press release. “Traveling in these hazardous conditions puts your life and the lives of first responders in danger.”

Motorists are being asked to postpone travel plans in this area until Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Get the most up-to-date information on road conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 511 before heading out.