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Winter storm descends on Mitchell area, snow expected to stop this afternoon

A Tuesday winter storm started late, but packed a powerful punch in areas. The system, originally expected to descend on the Mitchell area Tuesday morning, arrived mid-afternoon and dropped about 1 inch of snow through 8 p.m., according to the Na...

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School lets out at Mitchell High School on Tuesday afternoon as the snow had started to come down not long before. Mitchell is still in a winter storm warning until noon today. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A Tuesday winter storm started late, but packed a powerful punch in areas.

The system, originally expected to descend on the Mitchell area Tuesday morning, arrived mid-afternoon and dropped about 1 inch of snow through 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, but officials expected up to 6 more inches through the night.

NWS uses a weather station at the Mitchell Municipal Airport, and amounts varied throughout the city.

The band of heavy snow stretched from the western border of South Dakota into Iowa and forced road closures and an assortment of winter weather advisories across the region.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the South Dakota Highway Patrol closed a 114-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from Kadoka to Chamberlain, citing “extreme weather conditions,” and the South Dakota Department of Transportation advised no travel on all state highways south of I-90 from Chamberlain east into Iowa.

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Yankton and Springfield each reported 10 inches of snow through 8 p.m. Tuesday, while Alcester checked in with 9 inches and Rock Valley, Iowa, reported 8 inches.

The city of Mitchell declared a snow emergency Tuesday night and asked for all vehicles to be removed from snow emergency routes. The city intended to plow emergency routes throughout the evening and until snow stops, at which point the city will begin plowing streets that run east to west.

According to the National Weather Service, today’s forecast calls for the snow to taper off by mid-afternoon with a high temperature of 27 and northwest winds between 20 and 25 mph. Officials with the National Weather Service said the snow that fell through Tuesday night was heavy, so wind isn’t expected to cause much blowing snow.

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