Autumn brings unseasonable weather to southeastern SD

Autumn brings unseasonable weather to southeastern SD It's still autumn � winter doesn't officially arrive until Dec. 21 � but temperatures in the area dropped well below zero earlier in the week due to an Arctic cold front from Canada that pushed through the Dakotas and Nebraska.

A considerable amount of snow also blanketed the region Sunday night. Northwest winds from 15 to 30 mph on Monday created near-blizzard conditions and bitterly cold wind chills, down to 30 below zero.

Many South Dakota schools closed for the day on Monday. Vermillion started one hour late, but classes were later called off at noon. Other schools around the region also closed, including Alcester-Hudson, Beresford, Canton, Centerville, Elk Point-Jefferson, Gayville-Volin, Irene, Viborg and Wakonda.

Highs on Tuesday reached only about 5 above and well-below normal temperatures are expected for the next 10 days or so. Normal highs are around 30 degrees.

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