Winter storm hits Mitchell, NWS predicts snowfall rates to intensify Monday night into Tuesday morning
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm could potentially bring a foot or more of snow to the Mitchell area, as it’s predicted to continue until Tuesday evening.
MITCHELL — Mitchell residents woke up to a fresh coat of snow on Monday morning, as the two-day winter storm system that swept into the region began its course.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm could potentially bring a foot or more of snow to the Mitchell area, as it’s predicted to continue Monday night and into much of Tuesday. The NWS predicts snowfall rates could intensify to 1 to 2 inches per hour Monday night and into early Tuesday.
The city of Mitchell issued a snow emergency Monday morning and began plowing emergency snow routes through the afternoon and into the evening hours.
Estimates of the total snowfall Mitchell is predicted to see from the storm system hover between 12 to 18 inches, NWS models show.
According to NWS models, the storm is expected to taper off around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Winds could gust around 35 mph on Tuesday.
The system is moving into the region from the southwest portion of the country, producing a narrow band of winter weather moving through the southeast portion of the state. Mitchell is one of few areas in the state forecasters anticipate could see the most snowfall from the storm.
If the storm materializes as projected, the National Weather Service says travel may become “difficult to impossible” by late Monday through Tuesday.
As of 2 p.m. Monday, Interstate 90 in the southeast region of South Dakota remained open.
Check back with the Mitchell Republic as the storm develops and any road closures are issued.