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Locals React To Area's First Snowfall

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The first flakes of the season fell across much of the region Thursday morning, and many locations picked up some decent amounts.

It’s something we’re all used to seeing across the Upper Midwest during this time of year, but there’s just something about that first snowfall. Thursday afternoon, KDLT’s Joel Young took to the streets to find out how people felt when they saw that first flake.

“I’m super pumped! I’ve got three snowmobiles ready to go; so the more snow, the better,” says Dale Brekke, who drove to Sioux Falls today from the Mankato area.  

“I welcome the snow! We’re going to get it anyway. I’ve lived in the snow all my life between Minnesota and here so it doesn’t bother me too much,” says Jake Fredrickson of Tea.

Of course, there were many who were not so welcoming to the white stuff. In fact, there were some even in denial.

“Well, I heard yesterday that it was supposed to snow, then when I woke up this morning; I wasn’t really expecting it I guess. I just didn’t want it to come this early,” says Theresa Lehnen of Sioux Falls.

“I was disappointed. I don’t like it. I wish it would go away,” says David Wehling of Sioux Falls.

“I’m not a big snow fan. It’s too early! It can snow in the middle of December,” says Beth Arndt of Mankato.

Whether it feels like it's too early or not, we're actually right on schedule.

Considering this summer's extreme lack of rainfall, many of those we spoke with who don't particularly like the snowfall; say they are still happy to see the moisture--even if it comes in the form of snow.

“The farmers are in such need of moisture that I would be more than happy to use my snow blower this year if it meant we could get some good moisture,” says Mary Ihli of Pierre.

One thing is for certain, however. This won’t be our last! Hopefully, though, whatever moisture does make its way to our region will go to benefit those of us who need it.

The snow, of course, didn’t last long. It was all gone from our area for the most part by lunchtime on Thursday, leaving Sioux Falls with only a little over an inch recorded at the airport.
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