I was talking to my brother in northern Illinois yesterday when he mentioned the snow and predicted chill factor. I hadn’t been watching the weather report, so I thought he was kidding. No. Snow is early this year, especially in South Dakota.
Fourteen inches of snow were reported in the southwest quadrant of the city by Friday evening, the National Weather Service office said. On the other side of town, Sioux Falls Regional Airport recorded 7.1 inches by 6 p.m.
The numbers shattered the previous snowfall record for Nov. 20, which was measured at 3.8 inches in 1975.
Other parts of southeast South Dakota had a variety of snowfall levels. In Harrisburg, one area measured a whopping 17 inches of snow, while Huron did not see a single flake, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Weisser.
Snow totals for Friday
Tea –18 inches
Southeast of Harrisburg – 17 inches
Southwest Sioux Falls - 14 inches
Tyndall – 11 inches
Yankton – 8 inches
Salem – 5 inches
Chamberlain – 4 inches
Dell Rapids – 2 inches
Madison – 1.2 inches
Flandreau – 0.3 inches