Cold weather causing exposure deaths in SD

Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials are reminding South Dakotans about the dangers of extreme cold, after the death this week of an Elkton woman who left her vehicle when it became stuck in a snowbank.

The death of Darlene Goldhammer was the third exposure-related death in the Sioux Falls area this winter, and a woman who wandered away from an assisted-living facility remains missing. The National Weather Service says subzero temperatures will continue through the weekend.

Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue Division Chief Jim Sideras tells the Argus Leader that stranded drivers should stay in their vehicles. And he's reminding motorists to carry a winter weather kit and a charged cell phone.

Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says the recent cold snap is because of snow cover and a persistent flow of arctic air from Canada.