Aberdeen's final snowfall total from Sunday and today is 17.7 inches.
The 16 inches that fell on Sunday shattered the record for Feb. 20, which was only 4.3 inches, set in 1957, said Travis Tarver of the National Weather Service. But it also broke the record for the snowiest day in February, Tarver said. The old record was 14.3 inches, set in 1951, he said.
Sunday tied for the fourth snowiest day on record, Tarver said. The snowiest day ever in Aberdeen was April 10, 1913, when 18.5 inches fell, he said.
This month, 19.9 inches of snow have fallen, and Aberdeen is at 63 inches for the season, Tarver said. Comparatively, Aberdeen got 75.9 inches in 1996-97, he said, and 74.6 in 2000-01, the fourth and fifth snowiest on record. The snowiest season on record is 1936-37, when 109.8 inches fell, he said.
The next chance for snowfall is a 20 percent chance on Friday, according to the weather service. Tarver said right now, it looks like amounts shouldn't be too high.
But unfortunately, it's supposed to be cold. While Tuesday's high is supposed to be near 20, wind chill values could be as low as 18 below zero, according to the weather service. Highs are likely going to drop back down to single digits Thursday through possibly Sunday, with lows below zero, Tarver said.
Aberdeen's excessive snow was slowing up city plows a bit this morning, said Robin Bobzien, Aberdeen's public works director.
Plows were having to make extra passes because snow is going over the top of the blades, Bobzien said.
"It definitely takes more time," he said.
Due to the large volumes of snow and poor alley conditions, today's and Tuesday's city garbage pickup will be suspended for this week. Bobzien said this afternoon that nine city workers are helping with snow removal on the night shift tonight. It's also not known if alleys will be clean by tomorrow, though Bobzien said the city is trying to get as many alleys clean as possible today.
Today's and Tuesday’s garbage will be picked up next week on their regular schedule, according to the city's website.
Previously, today's garbage was to be picked up Tuesday because of the Presidents Day holiday.
The rest of the city's plowing schedule is: Snow removal for the commercial zone will begin at 10 p.m. and plowing of city parking lots will begin at 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Cars parked on snow removal routes will be ticketed and towed.
Bobzien reminds people not to blow snow into the street.
Though the snow made some Aberdeen streets impassable this morning, one local resident found a creative way to get around.
With an estimated 20-plus inches of snow in his driveway and alley, John Kersten of Aberdeen opted to ski to Kessler's this morning.
"I've always wanted to do it," said Kersten, who also planned to ski over to Red Rooster Coffee House.
However, it is closed today, which he didn't know at the time.
No power outages have been reported from the storm, NorthWestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer said this morning.
Northern Electric, which serves rural areas of Brown and Spink counties, has had a couple of minor outages from people running into poles while clearing their snow with tractors, said spokesperson Tom Green. Green reminded people to be careful while cleaning snow, and said it's tough to get out to some of those places.
The National Weather Service reported other totals from around the area, including:
- One mile north of Ortonville, Minn.: 19 inches.
- Eight miles west of Hecla: 10.5 inches.
- One mile south-southwest of Aberdeen: 11 inches.
- Two miles south-southeast of Claremont: 12.5 inches.
- Westport: 14 inches.
- One mile northeast of Bath: 17 inches.
- Clark: 13 inches.
- McIntosh: 11.5 inches.
- Eight miles west-southwest of McIntosh: 11.6 inches.
- Roscoe: 12.3 inches.
- Six miles east-southeast of Faulkton: 21 inches.
- Ree Heights: 9 inches.
- One miles south of Pierre: 9.5 inches.
- Pierre: 11.8 inches.
- 19 miles north-northwest of Highmore: 12 inches.
- 10 east-northeast of Sisseton: 12 inches.
- Four miles west of Sisseton: 12.8 inches.
- Sisseton: 13 inches.
- Doland: 21 inches.
- Six miles east of Hayes: 19 inches.
- Four miles northwest of Onida: 11 inches.
- Mobridge: 11.2 inches. This is a record daily maximum snowfall for Sunday, breaking the old record of 9 inches set in 1972.