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Stormy Western U.S.

An active and complex weather pattern is in store this weekend through next week, as multiple storms track from West Coast to East Coast. The activity starts today as a vigorous system moves through north-central California into the Intermountain West with rain, perhaps a few thunderstorms and heavy mountain snow. This system will move into the Upper Midwest tomorrow with a swath of heavy snow. Read More >

The first accumlating snowfall of the season occurred over portions of South Dakota and Minnesota last evening through early Thursday morning.  A majority of the snow fell along and south of line from Pierre to Watertown to Ortonville.  Snowfall amounts were generally light - ranging from a trace to as much as 3-4" in isolated areas.  Due to the brief duration and relatively low intensity of the snow, accumulations were generally confined to grassy areas - with roadways remaining primarily wet.

A few images of the snowfall from area webcams are provided below.

Near Vivian, SD

Near Harrold, SD

Near Reliance, SD

Near Brandt, SD

Near Summit, SD

Near Clear Lake, SD