Some people welcome the snow in KOTA Territory - KOTA Territory News

Some people welcome the snow in KOTA Territory


With the first real snow fall of the season in comes the predictable school closings and travel advisories.

But some people in KOTA Territory truly enjoy this winter wonderland.

"We have to take the good with the bad," said Wenton Peters of Mitchell, SD.

If you braved the outdoors, a snow filled street was a familiar scene.

"It's wonderful actually, we really need the moisture," said Dawnette Owens, owner of Annie Lode Coffee Cabin in Hill City.

Dawnette Owens and her husband Rollie said despite the weather, business was steady.

"A lot of the people who are coming in are the ones who can travel on the roads because they have the bigger pickups and the bigger SUVs," said Dawnette.

SUV's, pickups, and plows dotted the snow covered roads as drivers braved the beginning of the storm.

"I was raised in SD so I know what it's all about. Just let it happen and be careful," said Peters.

Many stores on Main Street in Hill City were closed, but those that stayed open –thrive in these weather conditions.

"We just started a coat sale today oddly enough. Our customers are a pretty active group so they'll def get out and play in this tomorrow," said Pat Wiederhold.

Whether you love or hate the cold white stuff;

"I don't mind it; let's just get it over with," said Peters.

Dawnette said with the summer long drought, there's plenty of reason to celebrate this much needed moisture.

"We might get, what 6–8 inches I guess. I'm not sure what Mike is predicting. But it sure would be nice. Even if we got a foot, that sure would be nice," said Dawnette.

When asked about the snow - most people said this is KOTA Territory. So this type of weather is expected and welcomed this time of year.

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