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Winter Storm Dumps Over a Half Foot of Snow in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska

weather.com and Associated Press
Published: November 6, 2013

A storm that trekked from southern South Dakota and northern Nebraska to northwest Iowa and central Minnesota Tuesday dropped up to 10 inches of snow with rates of one inch per hour in some locations.

In South Dakota, as much as 9.5 inches of snow fell 5 miles east of the town of Porcupine. Sioux Falls, located in the extreme southeast part of the state, saw just over a half foot of snow.

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The top snow total in Nebraska was 10 inches in Gordon. North Platte saw its first measurable snow of the season with a total of 2.2 inches

Up to 10.5 inches covered the ground in Minnesota near Milroy. Minneapolis/St. Paul saw its first measurable snow of the season with 1.8 inches.

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Upper Midwest Snow Reports

Upper Midwest Snow Reports

Upper Midwest Snow Reports

Upper Midwest Snow Reports

Weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce says, "The snow will linger in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan early on Wednesday before finally tapering off as low pressure heads into eastern Canada."

South Dakota farmers could use that break. The sunflower harvest is 31 percent done; the corn harvest is 63 percent complete; and the soybean harvest is at 92 percent, according to the latest U.S. Agriculture Department crop progress report.

"Obviously, the snow will bring them to a standstill for a few days," said Keith Alverson, who farms near Chester, in the eastern part of the state. "But it looks like it's going to warm up and stay pretty dry, so hopefully it's a temporary shutdown."

Alverson got all of his corn out Monday, though he still has field work to do.

It's been an on-again, off-again harvest, he said.

"We've had these small windows the month of October. It seems about once a week we'd get some rain or snow or something. We'd have two to three days off and go hard for a few days and then have a break, so we certainly made an intense push there," Alverson said.

Kurt Stiefvater said the corn on his farm in Salem, about 45 miles east of Sioux Falls, will need a few days to dry. Otherwise silk on the ears of corn can clog the combine and the ground will be too sticky from the cold and snow.

"It makes the ground conditions on top a little greasy," he said.

The snow prompted the postponement of some events but otherwise had a minimal impact.

"It's gotta happen sometime," said Rod Evans as he shoveled the heavy snow off the sidewalk outside his photography studio in Sioux Falls.

He mailed his snow removal contract for the year on Tuesday morning, just before the snow started to fall. It goes into effect Nov. 15.

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In southwestern Minnesota, a trained spotter measured 8.5 inches of snow about 6 miles to the east-southeast of Marshall.

The National Weather Service says a spotter estimated 8 inches of snow 5 miles north-northwest of Holland.

Other snowfall reports include 3.5 inches near Kingston and in Granite Falls and 3 inches in Sacred Heart.

MORE: Photos from the Snowstorm

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Sioux Falls, S.D.

Rod Evans shovels the season's first blanket of snow Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, outside his photo studio in Sioux Falls, S.D. He just signed his snow removal contract but it doesn't start until Nov. 15 so he had to do it himself. (AP Photo/Carson Walker)

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