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Forecaster: SD temps will ‘fall off cliff’

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Forecaster: SD temps will ‘fall off cliff’
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Winter is back.

As the snow began to fall Monday morning in Mitchell, unseasonably warm temperatures that had recently caused snow to melt seemed long gone.

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The high temperature in Mitchell was above freezing for four days in a row last week, and reached as high as 44 degrees on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. But gusting winds poured cold air into the region Saturday night and caused temperatures to plummet into the single digits.

A 41 mph wind gust was recorded Saturday night in Mitchell, according to Brad Adams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. On Sunday, the high was 4 degrees — 38 degrees lower than the high temperature a day before.

At about 7:30 a.m. Monday, snow moved into Mitchell. About a half-inch of snow had fallen in the city by early afternoon.

“There will be more,” Adams said.

Today, another front is expected to bring more snow into the region, Adams said. Another 2 inches could fall overnight tonight, according to the National Weather Service, with another inch possible during the day Wednesday, which is New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to fall.

“Things really kind of fall off a cliff,” Adams said.

As of Monday afternoon, the weather service was forecasting highs of 10 degrees today, with a low of 2 degrees. On Wednesday, the high is forecast at 7 degrees, with a low of 16 below zero. The high is forecast at 2 below zero on Thursday, with a low of 3 below zero. The temperature is expected to warm on Friday, with a high of 28 degrees and a low of 21 degrees.

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