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Two-day snowstorm is Mitchell-bound for Monday

Get your shovels ready for another round of snow in southeast South Dakota. Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said snow accumulation could reach 6 to 8 inches in much of the greater Mitchell area, wit...

Get your shovels ready for another round of snow in southeast South Dakota.

Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said snow accumulation could reach 6 to 8 inches in much of the greater Mitchell area, with some areas further east potentially approaching one foot of snow.

Monday's storm, which could stretch into Tuesday evening, will be the second snowfall in Mitchell. On Nov. 20, Mitchell received about 6 inches, and Temeyer expects a similar storm starting in the early Monday morning hours.

"The thing that's atypical about it is that it's going to be lasting so long," Temeyer said on Saturday.

The expected total of about 6 to 8 inches would accumulate over the entire 48-hour period, but Temeyer said ice or sleet isn't expected as far east as Mitchell and heavier amounts of snow are more likely near the corridor along Interstate 29 in the eastern portion of the state.

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Temeyer said the duration of the event is more likely to cause any problems than the light to moderate snow accumulation, especially with holiday travelers making the trip home after the long weekend.

"I just don't know how much awareness there is out there that we're going to get a fairly long-lasting storm system that's going to be affecting the areas in the first half of next week," said Temeyer.

With temperatures fluctuating throughout the 20s for the entire duration of the storm, Temeyer expects snowfall to transition from wet to dry snow during the two-day storm. The heaviest snowfall is expected during the daytime on Monday.

The NWS is also expecting breezy northwest winds starting on Tuesday afternoon from 15 to 30 mph, which could create some blowing snow.

In the similar snowfall on Nov. 20, the Mitchell Police Division responded to 14 crashes throughout the day and the South Dakota Highway Patrol squad office in Sioux Falls responded to 160 weather-related incidents.

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