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Dan McCloud, of Mitchell, shovels the sidewalk on the south side of the Corn Palace Monday afternoon in preparation for Mitchell High School girls basketball game. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Up to 4.5 inches falls; cold on way

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With 3 to 4 inches falling in the region, snow caused treacherous driving conditions Monday in south-central South Dakota.

Today, expect cold temperatures to grip the area once again.

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Mitchell had received 3 inches of snow as of 8 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

As of 5:30 p.m. Monday, the NWS reported a Mitchell-area high of 4.5 inches of snow in Gregory, followed by reports of 4 inches in Kimball and Gregory and 3 inches separately in Tyndall and Platte.

Tim Masters, a technician with the National Weather Service, said most of The Daily Republic's print circulation area could expect 3 to 4 inches of snow once the storm moved out of the area. A line running from Gettysburg down past Chamberlain to Lake Andes was the expected center of the storm, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

Visibility was also an issue Monday as drivers navigated slick roads. At the Mitchell Municipal Airport, visibility was reduced to three-fourths of a mile around 2 p.m., as a light snow and were reported.

The weather also led to spinouts throughout Davison County, including a car skidding off state Highway 38 near the Mitchell KOA campground and hitting a tree. No injuries were reported by the Davison County Sheriff's Department.

Breezy weather is expected today, with winds from the northwest that could cause blowing and drifting snow in southeastern South Dakota and bring visibilities to less than a mile in open areas at times. Tonight, it's expected that wind chills could fall to 20 or 30 below zero into Wednesday morning and then again Wednesday night into Thursday. Masters said daytime temperatures for Thursday and Friday will moderate before another chance for light snow arrives for the weekend.

Masters said the real challenge will be the wind from the northwest in the next 48 hours.

"It's going to be pretty darn cold wind from the northwest at 15 to 25 miles per hour and with temperatures around 15, it will be pretty frigid out there," he said.

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