Although it was late in arriving, a powerful winter brought much of the region to a standstill Monday as heavy snow and strong winds created blizzard conditions.
Yankton saw only light snow until about dawn, when the full brunt of the storm hit town. The snow, which stopped early Monday afternoon, measured 14.2 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). That shatters the former record of 7.5 inches, set in 1982. Unofficially, it would also be biggest January snowfalls recorded in Yankton; there are two 16-inch records on the books, the most recent being a year ago Wednesday.
The City of Yankton declared a snow emergency, effective at noon. Snowplows moved out early in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the storm created a paralyzing impact in other places.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation announced that Interstate 29 was closed from Tea to Sioux City.
Highway 81 between Yankton and Norfolk, Nebraska, was declared impassible. The National Weather Service added that travel was “difficult to impossible” from Yankton to Windom, Minnesota.
State offices were closed in Clay, Union and Yankton counties. Human Services Center employees and essential personnel from other state government agencies in those counties were asked to report to their work stations.
The City of Yankton announced that Tuesday’s Waste and Recycling pickup has been postponed until Wednesday, Jan. 24, as these employees are being shifted over to help clear and remove snow from city streets.
The University of South Dakota announced that classes will resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday. There was no school at USD Monday.
Snowfall amounts were considerably less to the north and west of Yankton, as the main portion of the system moved just south of the area.
Other postponements and cancellations:
• The Yankton County 24-7 program will be closed Monday night.
• The annual meeting for Yankton Area Arts, scheduled for Monday, has been postponed to Jan. 29.
• The Yankton Clothing Closet will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 23, due to the weather. The Closet plans to be open Friday from noon-4:30 p.m.
The Summit Activities Center closed at 11 a.m. Monday. Women’s Volleyball Power League and Men’s Basketball League play for Monday was canceled.
• The Yankton Community Library closed on Monday.
• Laurel, Nebraska, canceled school and Monday and has called off school for Tuesday.
• Bloomfield, Nebraska, won’t have school Tuesday.
The weather also impacted the area sports schedule:
• The Yankton gymnastics team will not participate in a triangular in Sioux Falls on Monday. O’Gorman and Washington, the other two teams in the event, will hold a dual at O’Gorman.
• Monday’s middle school basketball games between Yankton and Brandon Valley were canceled and will not be rescheduled.
• Monday’s Sioux Falls at Mount Marty JV women’s basketball game was pushed back to Monday, Jan. 29. Monday’s Mount Marty at Dakota State JV men’s basketball game was also postponed, with no makeup date announced.
• Monday’s McCook Central-Montrose at Freeman girls’ basketball game has been pushed back to Tuesday, as part of a doubleheader with the boys. JV games will begin at 5 p.m., with the varsity girls’ game at 6:15 p.m. and the varsity boys’ game at 7:45 p.m.
• Monday’s Freeman Academy-Marion at Bridgewater-Emery girls’ basketball game has been pushed back to Tuesday in Emery.
• Monday’s Howard at Menno basketball doubleheader was postponed. The boys’ game will be Feb. 2 in Menno. The girls’ game will be played Feb. 12 in Menno.
• Monday’s West Central at Bon Homme basketball doubleheader has been postponed to Feb. 8 in Tyndall.
• Monday’s Scotland at Alcester-Hudson basketball doubleheader was postponed. No makeup date has been announced.
• Monday’s Walthill at Allen basketball doubleheader was canceled and will not be rescheduled.
• Monday’s Marty at Corsica-Stickney girls’ basketball game has been postponed to Feb. 5 in Corsica.
• Monday’s Harrisburg at Sioux Falls Washington girls’ basketball game has been postponed to Monday, Jan. 29. The varsity game is set for 7 p.m.
The area remains under a blizzard warning in effect until midnight Monday night. Total accumulations of 9-14 inches are possible. It is expected to become partly cloudy by tonight, but winds will still cause drifting in some places.