The calendar says autumn, and the weather has started acting like it. Now we enter that time in South Dakota where we are waiting for the snow. In the southeast, we tend to get off lucky compared to the Black Hills in the west. But, we know it's coming.

The Old Farmers Almanac says that this winter will be warm and wet in the Sioux Falls area. Well, I guess if the choice is between warm and wet and nose hair-freezing cold and super snowy, I'll take the former.

On average Sioux Falls is free of snow from May to September. We usually get our first snowfall in November. but, an October visit from Jack Frost isn't out of the question.

According to the National Weather Service, here are the earliest snowfalls in Sioux Falls.

Earliest Snowfall (24 hour period)
Trace... Sep. 18, 1929
Measurable... 0.3 inch Sep. 25, 1939
Significant... 2.7 inches Oct. 1, 1999
Heavy... 11.2 inches Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 1991

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