It's hard to believe that we are talking about snow entering the Sioux Empire by the end of the week.  It's only the second week of October! Then again, the Weather Atlas shows that South Dakota is right on track.

Generally, the weather in the Midwest can be unpredictable during this time of year.  It could be warm one minute and freezing cold the next.  According to the Weather Atlas, the average high temperatures in October for South Dakota range between 55-62 degrees.  The average low temperatures span anywhere from 32-40 degrees.

South Dakota is no stranger to a lot of precipitation either.  An article from USA Today states, "On average, the southeastern portion of South Dakota receives the highest annual precipitation, and the northwest the lowest.  The exception to this rule is the Black Hills, which receives nearly as much precipitation as the southeast."  Now that the weather is getting colder, this precipitation will soon turn into snow.

So when is it the right time to bring out your winter coats and gear?  Some people say they wait until it snows to bundle up.  Other people say they're already wearing winter clothing because they know what's coming.  Then there are people like me, who are trying to hold on to autumn for as long as they can.

Sources: Weather AtlasUSA Today