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Early Snows In West Not Rare

October 2, 2012, 6:20 PM by Ben Cathey

Early Snows In West Not Rare

Large swings in the temperatures often occur this time of year, but what we're seeing in KELOLAND is helped by intense winds and elevation.

14 years ago, on October 5, 1998, Lead picked up more than 33 inches of snow.  But that one-day total is still only good for third place in the autumn records. 

Surprisingly, light snows in early fall are not that rare. The first dusting in Lead appears on average around September 30.  Of course, Lead's elevation is one of the highest in the Hills, almost exactly a mile high. 

In Rapid City, the first average light snow occurs around October 18. 

Aberdeen doesn't often see accumulations before the middle of November.  But it only takes one cold snap to cause snow.  And though you'll get the chance to break out the ice scrapers this weekend with a hard freeze, we won't reach record lows.  We'd need to see numbers in the upper teens to break into the record books. 

Along with a chance for snow, this week is bringing big variety in the temperatures and even though our cold front will drop temperatures by 30 degrees, severe weather doesn't appear likely.

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