A blast of snow is seemingly the proper way to wrap up the year. And we may as well set another weather record or two in the process.
Following a horrendously wet year for South Dakota, Mother Nature inflicted a final 2019 roar and dropped more than a foot of snow in a two-day storm that started Saturday night finally wrapped up Monday.
Thankfully, the calendar flips over soon.
Mitchell officially received 12.2 inches of snow Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. That crushed Mitchell’s Dec. 29 single-day record for snowfall of 2.5 inches that was set in 1998. The city also received a trace amount of snow Saturday night, and Monday’s snow total wasn’t immediately available.
Still, the foot-plus of snow was enough for meteorologists to confirm that Mitchell set a record for most precipitation in a calendar year. Through Sunday night, Mitchell’s total precipitation for 2019 was 36.4 inches. That surpassed Mitchell’s single-year precipitation record of 36.19 inches from 1993.
The storm left a winter wonderland of residents digging out their vehicles and city crews clearing roads. Several businesses were closed Monday. Since the start of the 2019-20 snow season, Mitchell has received 20.6 inches of snow.
After being partially closed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Interstate 90 in South Dakota completely reopened at 11 a.m. Monday. Interstate 29, which closed on Sunday, also reopened Monday morning.
Other areas of the state that saw impressive snow totals was Armour at 15.5 inches in a 48-hour span, Dante with 15 inches and Burke had 14 inches, the NWS reported. As the snow tapered off, South Dakota’s infamous wind picked up.
The National Weather Service recorded a 65 mph wind gust on the Platte-Winner bridge on Sunday afternoon, which was the highest in the region. Gusts of 57 mph at the Fort Randall Dam and 50 mph in Forestburg, were also recorded. Mitchell’s top wind gust peaked at 49 mph. That caused driving to be near impossible, and the state Department of Transportation urged motorists safe travel on the road. Roadways across the state are ice covered, snow-packed and slippery and continue to experience drifting in open areas, and at bridge ends and overpasses, an announcement from the department said. Officials also reminded motorists to check safetravelusa.com/sd for call 511 for the latest road conditions.
Here’s to 2020 being a little more friendly on the weather front.
Some other weather-related announcements:
The city of Mitchell will collect Monday’s garbage on Tuesday. All garbage collection will move back one day so Friday’s garbage will be collected on Saturday.
Mitchell Technical Institute will be closed Tuesday. Regular office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The City of Mitchell Street Department will be removing snow from the streets in District A at 11 p.m. Monday. All vehicles must be removed from all of the streets by that time or they will be ticketed and towed.
The 9 a.m. Davison County Commission that was scheduled for Monday, Dec. 30 was rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the same time. The meeting will be held at 1420 N. Main St.