An intense winter storm has caused a 100 car pile-up and shut down highways. Cars are trapped in a near-zero visibility storm with high winds and blowing snow. Rescue efforts are underway in life threatening conditions across South Dakota. The storm is so bad that snow plows have been shut down but hope to re-start at daylight.
The driving storm has closed interstates 94 and 29 across South Dakota and in Minnesota. No one has been reported injured in the 100 car pile-up at this time. It may take a long while before all 100 vehicles are freed. Officials are threatening to arrest anyone caught driving beyond the road closure barricades. Highways in North Dakota are reported closed, as well. Whiteout conditions exist across a wide area, and authorities are begging people to stay off the roads.
Motorist are being warned that if they violate road closures they can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply. It appears this part of the country takes the whole thing very seriously.
A 100 car pile-up is not unheard of in these regions, as the weather can make it impossible to see anything but white. This is serious business folks. Many people have died while stranded in their vehicles in such conditions. It is time to set by the fire and let the world outside your door deal with the weather.