Homeowners are scrambling to get their sidewalks cleared before the winds pick up and the temperatures plummet. This relentless blast of winter wouldn't loosen its grip on Sioux Fall, dumping more than a half-foot of snow throughout the day.
It's been a vicious cycle on the sidewalks in many Sioux Falls neighborhoods. No sooner do homeowners finish scooping up the snow, when their sidewalks and driveways fill up again for another go-around.
Florida transplant, Sean Inch, measures snow by the inch, and then some, in his central Sioux Falls driveway.
"Go back to Florida? Yeah, where it's 80-degrees right now, sunny, yeah," Inch said.
Inch works for a private snow-removal company and had to dig out his own driveway before hitting snowed-in lots around Sioux Falls.
"We had 24 properties we went and took care of from this morning. And then I had to come and do mine. We plowed the driveway before I got started and it kept on, we got another good 6-inches from the time I plowed it 4:00 this morning until now and it's like holy cow, man! It's coming down pretty good," Inch said.
Inch's neighbors are also digging out for a second time Wednesday.
"The first time we were trying to get to school but that didn't happen too good," Jessica Bjorke of Sioux Falls said.
Lonnie Leichtnam has been digging out Christ the King Church for 18 winters. But this is one of the worst first-of-the season snowfalls he's ever had to plow through.
"Because of the slickness underneath. It's a little icy underneath, it's hard to get traction but we're getting there, we'll just keep plugging away. Once it lets up we'll put some ice melt down so we can get some traction," Leichtnam said.
With this snow giving way to some bitterly cold temperatures ahead, homeowners digging out are already conceding we could be in for a very long winter.
"Oh God, I hope this ain't an omen for a bad winter," Inch said.
"The snow won't go away, it's going to be here, so we're going to have to deal with it," Leichtnam.
Homeowners who finishing shoveling and blowing say it's likely they'll be back at it again Thursday, if the winds cause some of the snow to drift back in.
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