Monday, March 20th is officially the first day of spring, which is today! It might not seem like it with snow still on the ground. However, the spring outlook from the Farmer's Almanac is about to turn your winter blues frown upside down.

It's no secret that Sioux Falls and the Sioux Empire had one of the snowiest winters to date. The good news is the snow is slowly going to turn into rain. As far as temperatures go, hold off on the flip-flops and shorts for now.

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According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the spring equinox marks "the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere." Specifically, spring officially begins at 5:24 PM EDT (4:24 PM in South Dakota). The spring outlook for South Dakota is not too hot or too cold...just right.

The spring equinox forecast from the Farmer's Almanac explains "cold temperatures may be gripping many parts of the country, extending the 'shiver and shovel' portion of our outlook. We (Farmer's Almanac)are predicting a 'soggy, shivery spring ahead.' " If spring is anything like winter, it's going to be rainy and wet in South Dakota.

Apparently, spring is going to "take its sweet time to arrive."

Famer's Almanac
Famer's Almanac

Snow is still on the brain for a lot of people. So will we see more snow this spring? Yes and no. The Farmer's Almanac says South Dakota will be "unusually active over the nation’s heartland with frequent heavy-to-severe thunderstorms predicted." However, our news partners at Dakota News Now explain we could see a little snow this week.

We are tracking a weak storm system that will bring us a wintry mix Tuesday morning before changing over to rain Tuesday afternoon. It looks like the precipitation will fall as all snow across Central and Northeast South Dakota where minor accumulations will be possible. We get a break in the action on Wednesday before another system brings a chance for light snow on Thursday. Stay tuned!

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Spring and summer will arrive soon! Just think about the great outdoors, traveling, and barbequing on the grill...eventually.


A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips:

10 Wild South Dakota Snowstorms

Even though snow is blanketing the Sioux Empire, some snowstorms still do not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlighted ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the road during the winter. South Dakotans are well aware of the fact that the state’s winters can be harsh which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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