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Bulk of Monday storm to miss Mitchell area

The bulk of a massive winter weather system is expected to miss the Mitchell area, making way for warmer temperatures later in the week.

A storm stretching from Kansas to southeastern South Dakota and into Iowa will drop up to an inch of ice and snow but will largely miss the Mitchell region, according to Mike Fuhs, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. But area residents can expect to see a few hundredths of an inch of ice accumulation and possibly a dusting of snow through Monday.

The southeast corner of the region — Bon Homme, southeast Charles Mix, Hutchinson and southeast McCook counties — are expected to receive the most precipitation

"But that's all it's going to take to make untreated surfaces extremely slick Monday and Monday evening," Fuhs said.

The worst of the storm is expected to hit central Kansas, southeastern Nebraska and southern Iowa, Fuhs said, with heavy ice expected to snap power lines and trees. But that won't be an issue in south central South Dakota.

As an added bonus, Fuhs said there likely will not be a lot of wind with the storm. As a result, the light snowfall shouldn't cause problems for travelers, Fuhs said.

And the region is expected to heat up through Wednesday, with peak temperatures creeping into the mid-40s by Wednesday.

"Any ice that does fall Monday around the area will melt pretty quickly," Fuhs said. "We're looking at dry conditions through the middle of the week."

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