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Areas in SD see record-low temps as another snow system en route

Enough already, Old Man Winter.

Record-low temperatures for April 4 were set Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Tyndall and Howard. And while there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel next week with a warm-up forecasted, another snow event is predicted for this weekend.

"We're having a hard time shaking this colder weather," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Kyle Weisser, of Sioux Falls. "We're going to stay locked in this pattern, and another system with a very good chance of widespread, measurable amounts of snow coming as we get into Sunday."

Snow in April isn't uncommon, but the cold temperatures — this awful April cold — is unusual. With snow on the ground and a low pressure system over Canada, Mitchell reached a low of 5 early Wednesday morning.

Alexandria and Tyndall both hit 3 degrees Wednesday morning, breaking records set in 1920. Howard was 6 on Wednesday morning, beating a record low of 12 set in 1994.

High temperatures hovering in the teens up to the 30s are at least 30 degrees colder than normal, Weisser said. Normal highs at this time of year are typically near 60 degrees, "and we haven't come close to that in a long time," he added.

"There are hints of a warm-up as we get into Wednesday and Thursday next week, but that looks short-lived," he said.

First, South Dakota will have to get through another round of snow. The National Weather Service says there is a 70 percent chance of snow in Mitchell, mainly before 1 p.m., on Sunday. Weisser said while it's early to get into specific snow amounts, he suggested the storm will bring "light to moderate amounts."

This winter season, since Oct. 1, Mitchell has received 39.3 inches of snow, which is about average. Since March 1, 12.3 inches have fallen in Mitchell. Tuesday's storm brought about 1½ inches to Mitchell and caused difficult driving conditions.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, Mitchell area state Highway Patrol troopers responded to 13 calls on Tuesday, including one injury-crash.

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