south-dakota-stormMany of today’s local elections in South Dakota have been postponed due to a massive snowstorm. The storm has brought severe lightning and thunder as well as rain and winds, making travel in the state perilous. Residents are advised to be aware of the potential for power outages as well.

South Dakota’s Secretary of State, Jason Gant, has reported that polls in at least two dozen cities and school districts will not open today as a result of the inclement weather. The state requested that citizens remain indoors and only people whose work is “essential” were required to report for duty at the state’s Air Force base.

South Dakota has been experiencing dry conditions and wildfires. Local farmers welcome the rain, and hope for more to come.

The state’s polls will reopen next week.