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Snow in southern Sioux Falls crushes record


Snow in southern Sioux Falls crushes record

Sioux Falls saw record snowfall Friday, with a significant variety of snow totals within the city. Snow started at about 7 a.m. and by noon there was 4 1/2 inches at the airport in the north end of town, and more than 10 inches on the southern end. By 5 p.m., there was 7.1 inches at the airport and 14 inches south of 57th Street.

In addition to the surprising gradient is the unexpected levels. It was just Wednesday that the forecast for today in Sioux Falls was for less than an inch of snow possible. On Thursday, forecasters expected to 1 to 3, and just this morning the prediction was 4-6 inches.

The previous snowfall record for the day was 3.8 inches in 1975.

Up north, Flandreau only got 3/10 of an inch of snow, while Huron did not get a single flake, meteorologist Kyle Weisser said.

In other parts of the state, Tyndall and Tripp both got 11 inches, while Chamberlain got 4 and Salem got 5.

Snow totals as of 6 p.m., according to the NWS:

17 inches in southeast Harrisburg

14 inches in southwest Sioux Falls

11.5 inches in southeast Sioux Falls

15 inches in Canton

Airport: Several flights out of Sioux Falls Regional Airport have been canceled or delayed.

now alert: A snow alert has been issued in Sioux Falls. Plowing will begin at 8 p.m. on some side streets and later in others. Cars parked on the street will be ticketed and possibly towed. MORE

Crashes: Sioux Falls police responded to 66 crashes between 7 and 10 a.m. Friday, with two-thirds of those crashes between 7 and 8 a.m.

Collisions began piling up in Sioux Falls as snow started to fall at about 7 a.m. Friday. Most of the accidents were on interstates 229 and 29, and there were only minor injuries reported.

There have been at least three rollovers in the area so far. One at 8 a.m. at I-229 and I-90 had minor injuries. No injury was indicated in a rollover on I-90 eastbound at mile marker 390 just before 8 a.m. A black pickup flipped on I-229 south of I-90 at about 8:15 a.m.

“It takes awhile for us to get our training wheels on, so to speak,” Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service said.

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Snow predictions: Heitkamp said the morning’s slippery conditions were a combination of the snow hitting the warm ground and melting, then freezing in the cold air.

Some areas to the south of Sioux Falls into Nebraska and Iowa could get between 6 and 12, and it’s possible that heavier snow totals could shift slightly further north and west as snow forms. The heaviest snowfall was over in Sioux Falls by 2:30 p.m. but had moved into northwestern Iowa.

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Sioux Falls is included in a Winter Weather Advisory that will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the counties of Minnehaha, Nobles, Jackson and Rock, among others. There are 4 to 6 inches of snow expected in those areas with visibility dropping to a half-mile at times. See all warnings at

Bon Homme, Union, Clay and Yankton Counties in South Dakota are under a winter storm warning with the possibility of seven inches of snow. The warning also effects Sioux, Plymouth and Woodbury counties in Iowa.

A winter storm watch is in effect for Lincoln, Turner and Hutchinson counties in South Dakota and Lyon counties in South Dakota.

Snow will come to an end late this evening, with dry conditions and bitterly cold temperatures in the 20s expected for Saturday.

Street plowing: The city offers a texting service to notify residents of snow alerts during which they could get ticketed or towed if they don’t move their vehicles off the street for plows. To subscribe, send a text with the word SNOW to 605-413-1990 or go to to subscribe for email, text or social media alerts.

Snow alerts indicate that the city plans to plow all streets, which means parking regulations will go into effect.

Trucks have been out putting down chemical on emergency snow routes all morning, Street Fleet manager Galynn Huber said. The city hasn’t determined when the trucks will switch out and begin plowing the roads.

“We will concentrate and stay on the emergency snow routes,” Huber said. “You won’t see us on residential streets.”

Snow alerts generally go into effect once the city sees about 2 inches of snow. If a snow alert is issued, check the map below and the city website for the snowplow schedule.


The Winter Wonderland events to celebrate the lighting of Falls Park have been cancelled. The Falls will still be lit, but there are no festivities.

Sioux Falls area forecast from NWS

Today: Snow, mainly after 7 a.m. High near 28. East southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 5 inches.

Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 12. North northeast wind around 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday night:Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. South southwest wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 40.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

Tuesday night:Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Wednesday night:A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thanksgiving Day: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



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