Three-day winter blast has potential to be worse than snowstorm that kicked off year

Snow expected to start Tuesday morning, then smash region Wednesday through Thursday

A city snow plow operator clears East Third Avenue in Mitchell after a blizzard dropped 23 inches of snow on the city.
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AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS WEATHER STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE. This story was updated at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2023.

Here we snow again.

A multiple-day winter storm will move across South Dakota this week and bring significant accumulations of snow to the region, according to the National Weather Service.

“What we’re going to have is kind of a 1-2 punch,” said Amanda Penning, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

National Weather Service graphic

The first round of snow will begin Tuesday morning and last throughout the day before the second blast starts Wednesday morning. That’s when the real heavy snow will start and last through Thursday.


If you’re looking for three-day snowstorm prediction totals, it’s still a little early to get a full forecast from the National Weather Service. So far, Mitchell is forecasted to get 6 to 10 inches from Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday, but there will be plenty more snow after that. It’s just too far out to get an accurate forecast, Penning said.

The forecast for the entire three-day storm will be available early Monday morning.

But could this one be as bad as the storm that kicked off 2023 in southeastern South Dakota and dumped more than two feet in places?

“It has the potential to be as bad or even worse,” Penning said.

.The Mitchell Republic will have an updated story on Monday.

Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at
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