SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — When Amanda Willuweit looked out the window of Chillies Liquor in Winner at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, she figured at least eight inches of snow had fallen.
It’s another snow storm in this town in Tripp County, in south central South Dakota.
KELOLAND Weather said Tuesday (Jan. 3) that four to eight more inches were expected through Wednesday.
“It’s been a rough year,” Willuweit said. “This is like our third or fourth go around.”
Willuweit owns the liquor store with her husband Clint who is a chiropractor.
“I don’t know that I’ve seen snow like this since I was a kid,” said Mardi Pederson of K’s Signs and Graphics. Pederson also owns a cleaning business.
The winter storms have affected all businesses, Willuweit said.
Pederson said her cleaning business was closed on Monday because people couldn’t travel.
“It’s been slow, people don’t want to get out and about,” Willuweit said of most of December since the first snow on Dec. 8.
As of 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, the South Dakota Department of Transportation 511 map advised no travel in the Winner area.
Nearly 30 inches of snow fell in prior storms and that was followed by more snow, cold and wind. But there was a bit of break last week.
The snow on Monday was a contrast to the sunny skies on Friday, Dec. 29.
Troy Kruger, the public works director for the city of Winner, was moving snow under sunny skies in the city on that day.
“They said we may get up to 12 inches on Monday and Tuesday,” Kruger said. “I’m running a loader on the streets to get lined up before the next one.”
The city crew wanted to get as much snow off streets, sidewalks and other areas before the snow today and tomorrow.
“We’ve been widening streets and moving piles,” Kruger said of preparing for this week’s snowfall.
The city was fortunate to have some sunny, warmer days which helped to melt some standing snow, Kruger said.
Winner is a path of a possible 10 to 16 inches of snow from today into tomorrow, according to KELOLAND meteorologists.
On Monday, Willuweit said the traffic on city streets was mostly snow removal equipment.
“You see a lot of skid steers and tractors,” she said. “People are trying to stay ahead of it, clearing (throughout the storm).”
But she wonders where all the snow will go. There will be some large piles that will likely stick around for at least a couple of months.
The city issued a snow alert at about 11 a.m. today. Vehicles needed to be removed from the street.
Miller was originally expected to get lots of snow in this week’s storm.
KELOLAND meteorologists said the city may get a few inches and not amounts of 10 inches ore more.
At 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, Ron Hoftiezer, the street department superintendent in Miller, said the city staff was working on a snowblower.
“We’re hoping it’s back together (before the next snowstorm),” Hoftiezer said.
But at 10 a.m. today, the snowblower was still broken, he said.
“We’ve dealt with big snows in the past without it,” Hoftiezer said.
KELOLAND meteorologist Brian Karstens said at 11 a.m. today that Miller may get only several inches of snow today and tomorrow. “There not going to get anything like they had (recently),” Karstens said.
Huron to the east, could get four to eight inches of snow, Karstens said.
If the city gets 12 inches or less, it may not start plowing until the event is over, Hoftiezer said.
If it appears the snowfall could reach 15 inches, the city may plow more than once. Heavier, wet snow in large amounts is tougher on equipment and more difficult to plow, Hoftiezer said.
Available equipment in Miller includes a reversible plow on a loader, a road grader and a truck that follows behind a plow, Hoftiezer said.
The city’s population is about 1,300. The town is in Hand County along U.S. Highway 14.
Winner’s population is just under 3,000. The city is along Highway 18 and South Dakota Highway 44.
The city has a road grader, two front-end loaders, two skid steers with loaders, two backhoes and “currently we have five operable dump trucks,” Kruger said. The city also has a snowblower.
“All of our dump trucks are all fitted with snow plows,” he said.
As to the condition of equipment “We’re holding up pretty good,” Kruger said.
A lot of snow with moisture has caused work in the city but the moisture is also welcome.
“The moisture is sure a blessing,” Pederson said.
The community had been praying and hoping for rain all spring and summer, Willuweit said.
Still, “it’s a lot of snow,” Pederson said.
The rounds of snow can be discouraging, as farmers and ranchers cope with livestock and folks find it difficult to travel for necessities. And everyone will need to dig out again, Willuweit said.