Storm brings more than an inch of precipitationSlippery roads cause some accidents across area.
By: Chris Huber, The Daily Republic
Clocks were set to “spring” forward Sunday morning, but when many area residents woke up, the weather outside was still very winter-like. A storm Saturday and into Sunday brought rain and snow to much of the region during the weekend.
In Mitchell, rain started early Saturday morning before switching to snow after noon and continuing into Sunday. Snow flurries continued throughout Sunday afternoon. Mitchell received about 1.5 inches of snow during the storm after receiving 0.92 inch of rain Saturday. In total as of Sunday evening, 1.07 inches of precipitation fell in Mitchell.
Snow totals were greater to the west and north of Mitchell as a thin band of heavy snow stretched from the south-central part of the state to the northeast.
Chamberlain received some of the highest snowfall totals in the storm with 6 inches, and Huron added 4.8 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Both Gregory and Wessington Springs had 3 inches.
Roads became slippery Saturday afternoon as rain turned to snow and caused some accidents in the region.
Three cars went into the ditch on Interstate 90 near Presho on Saturday afternoon and another one was seen Sunday afternoon.
Hanson County Sheriff Randy Bartlett said travel was slippery in his county but reported no major accidents.
“A couple of cars slid off the road here and there, but nothing real major and nothing as far as accidents,” Bartlett said.
The Hutchinson County Sheriff’s office reported a few cars sliding into the ditch, but no major accidents.
For today, skies are expected to be clear and the temperature will reach a high in the 30s. Tuesday, breezy conditions are expected with wind gusts reaching 30 mph and a high temperature in the 30s. A warming trend is expected as the week continues; Wednesday, a high around 40 is forecast, and temperatures could reach into the 50s Thursday.