Updated forecast: Mitchell to receive 1 to 4 inches of snow, NWS says
Mitchell will be on the northern edge of a significant winter storm that could drop more than a foot of snow in areas of southeastern South Dakota and northwestern Iowa.
According to the National Weather Service, the latest forecast shows Mitchell will receive 1 to 4 inches of snow in the storm that will start Sunday and last into Monday.
Jen Hacker, of the National Weather Service, said the heaviest snow will be in South Dakota will be in the Yankton area, moving to Northwestern Iowa and southern Minnesota. She explained snowfall accumulation predictions have declined in Mitchell because the gradient of snowfall on the northern part of the storm has tightened.
“So, for example, snowfall totals could range from 2 to 8 inches in the span of 50 miles from north to south,” she said.
High winds are expected with the storm at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph on Monday morning. That will create some areas of reduced visibility for what will likely be difficult driving conditions.
Heading into Sunday, Mitchell is behind the pace for total snowfall compared to last season. This season, Hacker said, Mitchell has received 13.2 inches of snow, compared to 15.6 inches at the same time last winter.