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Winter weather system to bring snow, ice to Mitchell area

Winter weather's not finished with the Mitchell area yet. After several days of spring-like temperatures in the mid-40s, a system bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain and wind is expected to slam the area Friday. National Weather Service officials...

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Ice accumulates following a winter storm. (Republic file photo)

Winter weather's not finished with the Mitchell area yet.

After several days of spring-like temperatures in the mid-40s, a system bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain and wind is expected to slam the area Friday.

National Weather Service officials estimate between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of ice could accumulate on roadways, but the severity of the storm will depend on temperatures at the time of precipitation. One or two degrees could make a significant difference in its impact, officials said, with colder temperatures adding to the system's severity.

Davison County and other counties in southeastern South Dakota are in a Winter Weather Advisory beginning at 7 a.m. Friday.

The storm will likely start in the early morning hours, dropping sleet or freezing rain, then develop into snow - between two and five inches - by mid-afternoon. Gusting wind could increase travel danger, as well.

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Snow will cease by evening, but freezing drizzle will likely continue into Saturday.

Then, after warming temperatures Sunday when Mitchell's high is forecasted at 43, Monday another round of precip is forecasted. There's a 70 percent chance of snow and snow/rain mix beginning at about 1 a.m. Monday.

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