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Cy Bernardy blows snow from his driveway Wednesday afternoon in Worthington.  Snowfall reports in the region varied from 1 to 8 inches. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)
Cy Bernardy blows snow from his driveway Wednesday afternoon in Worthington. Snowfall reports in the region varied from 1 to 8 inches. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Winter weather hits region

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WORTHINGTON — The tri-state area got its first hit of significant winter weather so far this year Wednesday.

Across southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota, snow accumulations amounted to as much as eight inches. Central South Dakota, extending into the northern sections of southwest Minnesota, saw the heaviest accumulations.

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Eight inches of snow were recorded in areas around Pipestone, Marshall and Mitchell and Brookings in South Dakota. Areas of Nobles and Cottonwood counties accumulated as much as six inches, while much of northwest Iowa received three inches or less but also had to cope with some dangerous freezing drizzle.

Snowfall tapered off in the afternoon and evening, but heavy winds — as high as 20 to 30 miles per hour — were expected to cause difficult driving conditions late Wednesday night and early this morning due to the blowing and drifting snow. Winds are expected to decrease later today.

Arctic air, causing wind chills to be as low as -27 degrees in Nobles County, is expected to stay in the region into the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D., urged all area residents to dress appropriately for the dangerous conditions and to keep a winter survival kit in every vehicle.

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Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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