Blizzard drops 13 inches on Mitchell, prompting crews to clear streets once again

The latest blizzard marked the second one this year to dump over a foot of snow on Mitchell

Robert Morano poses for a picture while ice sickles hang from his mustache while snow blowing after a blizzard drops thirteen inches of snow on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, in Mitchell.
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MITCHELL — Residents woke up Thursday morning to a fresh foot of snow on the ground after a two-day blizzard pummeled the area once again.

According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, Mitchell officially received 13 inches of snow during the winter storm that began late Tuesday night and stretched into the early morning hours on Thursday.

Scenes from the residents of Mitchell digging themselves out after a blizzard on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023.
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Mitchell records 13 inches after a two-day blizzard.

It marked the second blizzard this winter that dumped over a foot of snow on Mitchell. While the snow storm has disrupted travel and buried streets, it didn’t bring as much as the early January blizzard.

The Jan. 2-3 storm that pummeled Mitchell with 23 inches stands alone as the most severe blizzard the area has experienced this winter. Prior to the latest system bringing 13 inches of snow to Mitchell, the city had seen a total of 40.5 inches this winter, according to the NWS, which brings the season total to roughly 53.5 inches.

Mitchell received 17.2 inches of snow on Tuesday, Jan. 3 — the second-most all-time in a single day of snow on record for the city.

Among the areas in the southeast and south central South Dakota region, Mitchell didn’t see as much snow as some cities north of Mitchell. According to NWS snow totals, Huron saw 17 inches and Madison received 15 inches of snow. Toward the west of Mitchell, Chamberlain received 13.6 inches of snow from the blizzard.


City officials issued a no travel advisory late Wednesday night, as the snow intensified in the late evening hours. City crews were clearing snow from streets throughout the entirety of the blizzard and will continue working to clear the streets throughout the day.

School was closed in Mitchell on Wednesday and Thursday.

Interstate 90, which was closed for a portion of the storm, has been reopened east and westbound from Mitchell to Chamberlain. Crews were still clearing the interstate from Mitchell to Sioux Falls when this story was published.

Cold temps ahead

Though the blizzard warning is set to expire at noon in southeastern South Dakota, harsh wind chills are expected to remain in the area until early Friday morning.

Thursday’s wind chills are expected to remain in the negative-teens during the day before dipping to the minus 20s in the evening hours.

Early Friday will start off cold, with below-zero temperatures and wind chills as cold as minus 30 until noon. A midday warming will see temperatures peak above zero with wind-chills remaining below zero until roughly noon on Saturday.

Up to date weather forecasts can be found on the National Weather Service’s website

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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