An arctic blast of extreme cold weather is prompting officials in Sioux Falls to offer up free transportation to those who need it.

Beginning Wednesday (December 21), Sioux Area Metro (SAM) will be waiving bus fares on all fixed routes in the city.

The free rides will be available through Saturday (December 24).

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The action was prompted by a series of National Weather Service advisories and warnings for the area for the next several days.

Sioux Falls is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Wednesday, with up to four inches of snow possible.

That then transitions to a Wind Chill Warning from 6:00 PM Wednesday to 12:00 PM Saturday, with wind chills dropping to as low as 45 degrees below zero during that time.

The free rides will be available on fixed routes operating between 5:35 AM to 9:15 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 7:45 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday.

SAM On Demand (available on Saturdays) and Paratransit Service rides are also included in the free fare period.

Bus route information, including schedules, can be found on the SAM website.

Riders can also text 'RIDE' to 888-777 for more information.

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Here's some news that some South Dakotans prefer not to hear this time of year. Winter is coming. In denial? The dropping temperatures and early snowstorms out west by Deadwood speak for themselves.

Slowly but surely, people of the Sioux Empire are bracing for colder weather and snow-covered roads. Even though snow will soon be gracing the Sioux Empire with its presence, some snow showers will not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlights these ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the roads during the winter. These South Dakotan winters can be harsh, which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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