Dangerously cold weather and snow greeted people as they left their homes today across the Dakotas. Despite the frigid temperatures, folks west river still ventured out, many heading to the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued wind chill advisories and warnings throughout the region into Friday morning. Forecasters said wind chills in some areas could drop to as low as minus 55 degrees, conditions in which frostbite can occur within minutes.
Gate monitors at the livestock entrance at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center have to stand in the cold for hours at a time. They say it's as miserable as it looks, but they're prepared. "We're layered down in clothing here to keep us warm, so we'll basically just keep moving around and drinking a lot of coffee," Gate Monitor Roger Wallingford said.
The coldest temperatures in KTOA Territory occurred just below daybreak from Buffalo to Faith, South Dakota, where temperatures bottomed out between 10 and 15 degrees below zero. School is canceled in many cities across the state because of cold weather. Sioux falls, Aberdeen and Mitchell schools were among those calling off classes Thursday because of dangerous wind chills.