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Kevin Adams, maintenance tech at Dakota Wesleyan University, clears a path in the snow with a tractor outside the Christen Family Recreation/Welleness Center Thursday morning. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Storm bumps monthly snow total to 8.3 inches

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Storm bumps monthly snow total to 8.3 inches
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Following Thursday’s wintry blast, Mitchell has received twice as much snow this March as it did in March last year.

Mitchell received 2 inches of snow Thursday, bringing this month’s snowfall total to 8.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. March 2013 received a total of 3.4 inches by today’s date a year ago. Mitchell typically receives about 5 inches of snow in March, according to Brad Temeyer, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.


Thursday’s storm started with rain and evolved to snow as the day got cooler. Snowfalls varied widely across the region, Temeyer said, but the highest snow total in the region was 4 inches, which was recorded at Lake Andes. Three inches of snow were recorded in Wagner, Armour, Menno and Scotland, according to Temeyer. Corsica, on the other hand, only saw about 1 1/2 inches, as did Yankton.

Temeyer said the storm is typical of what we might see in March.

“That’s fairly normal for March, where we’ll be switching over between rain and snow,” Temeyer said.

Entering Thursday, Mitchell had received 28.5 inches of snow for the season, which is 2.8 inches behind the pace from a year ago. After Thursday’s shot, Mitchell has received 30.5 inches of snow for the season.

A one-car rollover was caused by slippery roads Thursday morning north of Platte, when a van rolled into the ditch on S.D. Highway 45. No was was injured.

The driver, Anwarul Haq, 69, of Mitchell, was traveling southbound about eight miles north of Platte around 8 a.m. when his 2000 Chrysler Town and Country van lost control.

“He entered the west ditch, rolled and then (the vehicle) came to a rest on its top,” said South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Hanson.

Haq, a doctor at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, was traveling to the Gregory hospital at the time. No citations were issued and the driver was brought back to Mitchell without injuries. Haq was wearing a seat belt.

Hanson also reported that by 11:30 a.m. Thursday, he had assisted on other calls regarding drivers in the ditch and a truck and trailer jackknifed in the ditch.

Sgt. Ryan Erickson with the Mitchell Police Division said there were about six minor non-injury accidents in Mitchell.

Temeyer said the National Weather Service is watching two more storm systems that could bring similar rain/snow/mix conditions to the area, first with a system that will likely arrive Sunday night into Monday with temperature hovering around 30 degrees overnight.

That would come after a projected high of 71 degrees for Sunday afternoon. Temeyer said the National Weather Service is watching a system for Wednesday that could bring cooler temperatures, but he said it would be too early to know where the precipitation would fall.

--The Daily Republic’s Candy DenOuden contributed to this report.