A winter storm double whammy dropped nearly half a foot of snow in Pierre late last week and through the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says two storms hit the state. Two inches of snow fell from Thursday to Friday and 3-3.5 inches of snow fell Saturday to Sunday.

Ryan Vipond, a meteorologist with the weather service, said strong winds are creating drifts in the area and elsewhere in the state.

“The wind has pretty much cleared the places that are unsheltered to the bare ground,” he said.

Vipond said it was too early to tell what impact the snow would have on the state’s drought, but it certainly wouldn’t end it.

Although this week’s low temperatures are forecast to be in the teens, high temperatures should be in the 20s and 30s.

“Highs will be climbing toward the middle part of the week,” Vipond said.

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