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The kickoff to winter is here.

A winter storm that is expected to bring 4 to 7 inches of snow, blowing winds and frigid temperatures was on its way Tuesday.

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Many towns in the Mitchell area were under a winter storm warning Tuesday evening. The warning was in effect until midnight tonight.

Earlier in the week, the Mitchell area was expected to get about 2 inches of snow, according to Jennifer Hacker, of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. That changed quickly.

“The snow band has always been in the forecast,” she said. “It was always just north of us. Now the threat for the heaviest snow is shifting farther south.”

Hacker said snow, forecasted to be heaviest near Interstate 90, was scheduled to start picking up Tuesday evening. It was expected to fall overnight and start tapering off today. Northwest winds are expected to blow at 15 to 25 mph.

“That’s going to cause areas of blowing snow,” Hacker said.

Starting Thursday, highs will be in the single digits with overnight lows well below zero. Hacker said the wind chill factor tonight will be about 20 below zero. She added the next chance of snow is Saturday night into Sunday.

“But it’s too far out to predict amounts,” she said.

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