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An early-morning weather system caused slippery conditions and at least 10 accidents Thursday. No injuries were reported. “We thought the precipitation was going to fall as snow originally,” said meteorologist Brad Adams, with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. “But it was warm enough that it fell as rain.”

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Rain began around 1 a.m. Thursday in Mitchell and the surrounding area. By 3:15 a.m., it turned to freezing rain, which, Adams said, is liquid until it hits a surface that’s below freezing, and it instantly freezes.

Temperatures started to cool around 3 a.m., and rain turned to snow around 4:15 a.m., Adams said.

He said Mitchell received about a halfinch of snow and about four-hundredths of an inch of rain, although other weather reports showed Mitchell receiving a trace of snow and two-hundredths of an inch of rain.

Other areas in The Daily Republic’s circulation area received about the same amount of snow — Chamberlain, 0.7 inches; Alexandria, 0.7 inches; White Lake, 0.2 inches — according to the NWS website. Howard recorded 1.6 inches of snow.

Freezing rain and light snow caused for slick conditions for drivers. Mitchell Police Division reported seven accidents, none of which included injuries.

Other law enforcement officials from around the area also reported accidents.

Sgt. Dave Beintema, of the Mitchell Police Division, said a vehicle slid into a Mitchell Technical Institute sign, causing about $2,000 damage to the vehicle. The metal skirting of the sign was slightly damaged. A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Sanborn Boulevard and Havens Avenue caused a total of $3,000 damage.

A two-vehicle accident Thursday morning on Interstate 90 near Mount Vernon resulted in no injuries.

At 8:45 a.m., near exit 320, a Honda SUV traveling westbound attempted to pass a pickup pulling a camper in the left lane. The Honda spun out and hit the camper from behind, forcing both vehicles to spin twice before stopping. Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink, who responded to the accident, reported the Honda was traveling 65 mph, while the camper was traveling at 35 mph in the right lane.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and no injuries were reported. Brink reported that both vehicles were able to drive away with minimal damage.

Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office reported two vehicles slid into the ditch north of Parkston Thursday. There were no injuries.

McCook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rollover accident around 10:45 a.m. on the interstate, but South Dakota Highway Patrol handled the incident. No information about the accident was immediately available.

— The Daily Republic’s Marcus Traxler contributed to this report.

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