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The Corn Palace is reflected in a pool of water next to the sidewalk after an early afternoon rain storm that dropped four-tenths of an inch of precipitation. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

No winter wonderland in Mitchell this weekend

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No snow, yet.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls said Thursday the Mitchell area could see up to an inch and a quarter of rain this weekend, but won’t see any snowflakes.

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Billy Williams, meteorologist for the NWS, said western South Dakota will receive snow, and places in the Black Hills could receive up to 2 feet by Saturday. Mitchell will receive rainy, windy conditions.

“You’re not looking at any severe storms or snow in Mitchell,” Williams said.

Rain started falling in Mitchell on Thursday afternoon, dropping nearly four-tenths of an inch in three hours before letting up.

Today in Mitchell calls for a high of 58 degrees and temperatures falling to 41 tonight. There’s an 80 percent chance of precipitation today, and Williams said the Mitchell area could see about a quarter of an inch. Wind speeds are expected to pick up today to 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

Saturday, rain will taper off and temperatures will drop. The high for Saturday will be around 45 with a low of 38. The wind will be from the northwest gusting up to 35 mph.

“That will add to the chill feeling Saturday,” Williams said.

While Mitchell is dodging a winter wonderland this weekend, Rapid City is forecast to receive 5 to 11 inches between early this morning and Saturday. Williams said the snow should switch to a wintry mix when it hits Murdo, which is about 75 miles west of Chamberlain.

Another nearby storm, which will hit parts of northwestern Iowa, is forecast to produce thunder and severe conditions this weekend.

“Mitchell is sitting right between the two severe storms,” Williams said. “Mitchell should see rain and wind and maybe get a few rumbles of thunder.”

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