From the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls:
Christmas Day 2009 will go down as the snowiest Christmas on record in
many places. Below is a table of snowfall through 930 pm Christmas,
previous record snowfall for the date, and the 3 day storm total from
December 23rd through December 25th.
||10.0 inches in 1945
||6.0 inches in 1996
||3.5 inches in 1978
||5.7 inches in 1964
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds will join officials from the South Dakota Departments of Public Safety and Transportation for a media briefing on the status of a major winter storm on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. (CST).
UPDATE, 11 P.M.: Now that the briefing is over, you can click here to go to a page on www.mitchellrepublic.com and listen to the archived audio from the briefing.
If you have any extraordinary photos of the storm over the next few days, please e-mail them to us (click here for the address). We’ll consider publishing them online or in print.
Traffic makes its way along Highway 37 at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in northern Mitchell. Although the strongest part of a winter storm had not yet hit the city, snowfall and strong winds are expected Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s forecast includes occasional snow and widespread blowing snow, with the temperature falling to around 16 by 5 p.m. It will be blustery, with a north-northwest wind between 21 and 28 mph and gusts as high as 37 mph. New snow accumulation of around 1 inch is expected Thursday, and more snow is in the forecast Thursday night. (Laura Wehde/Daily Republic)
In yet another step into the brave new world of online journalism, we’re going to attempt to bring you a live media briefing on the winter storm at 4 p.m. today. The briefing will be conducted by the state Public Safety and Transportation departments.
This is the first time we’ve done this kind of thing, so we’ll have to see how it goes.
UPDATE: It worked! To find the archived audio, click here. You’ll be taken to a page on our main site that will contain the file.
State officials conducted a media conference call this morning about the winter storm that is expected to begin this afternoon. I listened and wrote a story.
Click here to read it.