(Neb)-Region Digging Out From Blizzard
CHADRON and AP - The region is slowly digging out from the the blizzard that struck Friday. All highways in the Panhandle are open after having been closed on Saturday, but conditions are tricky enough that Chadron State College has delayed the start of classes on Monday until 10:00 am.
Interstate 90 in South Dakota from Chamberlain to the Wyoming line is open after being closed since Friday. The state Dept of Transportation says driving conditions are still hazardous throughout much of the state and numerous highways still have No Travel Advisories, especially in the southeast.
Major highways have reopened in Wyoming, a day after snow and high winds caused blizzard conditions and clogged roads with snow drifts.
Crews were able to reopen all of Interstate 25 and most of I-80 after strong winds abated early Sunday. Nearly the entire lengths of both Wyoming interstates were closed Saturday.
Harsh wintry weather is keeping federal investigators from reaching the site of the Saturday plane crash near Chamberlain, SD, that killed 9 people and injured 3 others.
Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board says three investigators are stuck about 140-miles away in Sioux Falls and likely won't reach the crash site until Monday.
Knudson says the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 turboprop was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho, when crashed within a mile after takeoff.
The names of the victims have not been released, but Brule County emergency manager Katheryn Benton told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that the 9 passengers who died ranged in age from 7 to 81 while the survivors were men ages 28, 27 and 17.
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