Love It or Hate It, First Snowfall Arrives
by Brian Kirk, Meteorologist/Reporter
October 22, 2013 4:21 PM
Many went to bed last night, and the precipitation was still falling in the form of rain. Sometime after 1 a.m., those raindrops began to fall in the form of snowflakes. The commute to work Tuesday was a bit slower than usual, and a number of accidents were reported around the city of Sioux Falls.
To many, the snow-fall is cruel reminder of the cold weather during the winter that can keep a person inside for entire days at a time. With that snowfall this morning, it had some people thinking winter, stocking up on their jackets, hats, gloves and even some of their safety equipment for skiing and snowboarding.
At some stores, shorts have turned to snow pants, sandals have turned into boots and sunglasses have been replaced with snow goggles. Jim Whitcomb, Co-Owner of Sun ‘N Fun Specialty Sports, has been preparing for a long time. "The day after the Fourth of July is when we start shifting around; it takes a long time to do an inventory shift. That's when we have our closeout deals on the rest of the stuff that remains."
After a lot of planning, the last thing seasonal stores need is for the weather to hold out on the timing of winter's arrival. Whitcomb asserted, “This is the time we wait for, September is kind of a ‘no man’s land’ holding pattern. We've typically got most of our equipment in by then but then the weather is like what this September was like; nice, 70 or 80 degrees out. Now it’s starting to cool off, get a little snow, people start thinking about it and I expect this weekend to be busy.”
Winter does have some allies, and they're excited for new challenges. One of those who enjoy the winter activities is Yung Rang, of Sioux Falls. "My oldest likes to go snowboarding, so we're trying to figure out how that works exactly because I have no idea how snowboarding works, but he likes it. We go sledding.”
It was no blizzard, but the flakes speak like a police officer at a frat house -- the party is over.