The entire interstate (I-90) that runs across South Dakota closed down for a few days, messing up our plans to drive home on the 26th.
We instead had to wait for it to reopen (late morning on the 27th), and therefore missed David’s family Christmas. We were all sincerely bummed about this, but out of the 7 siblings that live in Minnesota, we were the only ones that were out of state and couldn’t make it back. The show must go on ETC.
Our drive home yesterday was miserable. The roads were still slippery and snow-packed in places. We drove 45 mph, for 13 hours, in order to get home.
You can see how they were still trying to cut through the drift to make the road passable. This particular road was beneath the interstate (see the bridge supports?), but we saw lots of drifts like this, that had obviously been covering 1-4 lanes of the interstate. Also notice how deep that snow is!
The roads were, quite literally, CLOSED with snow.
In any case, we are home. We weren’t one of the hundreds of vehicles to land in the ditch. And my bed felt GLORIOUS to sleep in.