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Record warm streak set to snap

Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. Tuesday's temps reached 71 degrees in Mitchell, nearly breaking the record high of 72 degrees, which was set in 2000. While the record wasn't broken, Tuesday still made the record books as it was the sixth c...

Four-year-old Knox Mulder goes up and down on the seesaw with the help of his grandma on Tuesday afternoon at East Park in Parkston. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Four-year-old Knox Mulder goes up and down on the seesaw with the help of his grandma on Tuesday afternoon at East Park in Parkston. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Tuesday's temps reached 71 degrees in Mitchell, nearly breaking the record high of 72 degrees, which was set in 2000. While the record wasn't broken, Tuesday still made the record books as it was the sixth consecutive day in February with a temperature of 60 degrees or more. Prior to Tuesday, the streak sat at five days and has been set twice, according to Brad Adams of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

The first instance was in 1958, occurring from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26. The second, more recent instance was in 1981 from Feb. 17 through Feb. 21.

And the streak may continue, with a forecasted 60-degree day on Wednesday. But after that, Mitchell residents better reach for their winter gear.

Thursday's high is expected to be around 37 degrees, with a low of 25 degrees. But Davison County, along with surrounding counties, will be in a winter storm watch from Thursday morning into Friday afternoon. The storm will be drop an estimated 6-10 inches across the southern part of South Dakota, Adams said.

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"Anywhere from 6-10 (inches) across a large swath of southeastern South Dakota and northern Nebraska into southwest Minnesota," Adams said. "Basically from St. Valentine, Nebraska up into the Twin Cities and everywhere in between."

Thursday will begin with a mixture of rain and snow during the day, changing into all snow by Thursday night. This is when the heaviest snowfall will occur, Adams said. It will "taper off" Friday afternoon.

The winds will be no help either, with a northerly wind of 20 to 30 mph, beginning Thursday evening and into Friday. Adams said winds will cause visibility to be less than a half mile on Thursday evening into Friday morning.

"Let's just say it's not going to be like today," Adams said.

Friday is forecast to have a high of 30 degrees, with the same for Saturday. Sunday will creep up higher, reaching approximately 33 degrees, Adams said.

And while the warm temperatures have been nice, Adams urges South Dakotans to get back into "winter mode."

"We're in for some, you know, not frigid days but after three or four days of this, it's going to feel much colder," Adams said. "... It's been a nice string of warm temperatures, but people just need to be prepared for the winter weather re-emerging here in this part of the world This is going to be a pretty big snow event."

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