UPDATE 12.17.22, 8:00 a.M.
The emergency snow declaration in Pierre is over; vehicles can park on emergency snow routes.
The snow removal team is now working to clear residential streets. Crews will first make streets passable and will then come back to haul the snow away.
The Pierre Airport has reopened with one runway.
Motorists are reminded that even as snow is removed, icy conditions remain. Please drive with caution.
UPDATE 12.16.22, 6:00 P.M.
The snow removal team is wrapping up for the night and will be back out at 2 a.m. Saturday. Their priority remains the emergency snow routes. Once those are cleared, they will move to residential streets. Given the tremendous amount of snow, it will likely take until Sunday to touch all the residential streets.
The Pierre Airport will remain closed on 12.17.22 and will reopen as conditions allow.
Please be patient and safe. Many streets remain impassable. We are working hard to get the community dug out.
UPDATE: 12.15.22, 5:20 P.M.
City of Pierre offices will remain closed on Friday, Dec. 16. The snow alert remains active; no parking on emergency snow routes.
UPDATE: 12.14.22, 6:35 P.M.
City of Pierre offices will remain closed on Thursday, Dec. 15. The snow alert remains active; no parking on emergency snow routes.
UPDATE: 12.13.22, 6:35 P.M.
City of Pierre offices will remain closed on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The snow alert remains active; no parking on emergency snow routes.
City Declares Emergency Snow Alert: City Offices Closed Dec. 13, City Commission Meeting Cancelled
In anticipation of the impending blizzard, the City of Pierre has issued an emergency snow alert, ordered City offices closed on Dec. 13, and cancelled the Dec. 13 City Commission meeting.
Effective at midnight tonight, no parking is allowed on the emergency snow routes. The snow alert will remain in effect until the snow event has passed and the alert is lifted. The declaration means those who park on emergency snow routes are subject to ticketing and towing until the alert is lifted.
“Our goal is safety,” said Pierre City Administrator Kristi Honeywell. “We need vehicles off emergency snow routes so we can keep them passable for emergency operations or those who must be out in potentially dangerous conditions.”
The City is prepared to begin salting streets as needed throughout the evening and night to prevent ice buildup. Once snow accumulations begin, curb-to-curb plowing along snow routes will start. Residential street snow removal will not begin until the snow event has subsided and emergency snow routes have been cleared.
There will be no City trash collection on Dec. 13.
For additional information about City snow operations and an Emergency Snow Route map click here.
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