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