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Snow season begins

3 inches stack up Sunday but without any wind, the white stuff just added to the holiday decorations

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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 2:09 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

There's nothing like a little snow to help a community get into the holiday spirt.

Cars whizzed past Bob Shaw on Monday morning as he scraped snow from the tops of the dozens of vehicles in his care at Quality Auto. The lot manager for the used car dealership has lived both in Florida and California, but says it just isn't Christmas without snow.

Nearby, homes that were decorated for Christmas during the long weekend were covered with snow.

The snow that Shaw cleared from the cars, about 3 inches of it, mostly fell Sunday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service in Rapid City, S.D.

It fell with little or no wind and piled up on driveways and sidewalks by Monday morning.

What little bit stuck to the roads quickly packed into a layer of slick ice and slush as the morning commute began.

But it won't stick around for long, according to Jeff Schild, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

"This is nothing exciting. We are at the end of November, it gets cold and we see snow," he said. "You'll probably see it go away."

In fact, it likely won't be around come Wednesday, he said.

That's because temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-40s Tuesday and again into the 50s Wednesday. And the warming won't end there.

The warm and dry weather should continue at least through the weekend, peaking Sunday with a high of 57 degrees, Schild said.

The storm that blanketed the area with snow has continued east and has dropped snow across a large swath of land through the middle of the country.

In the region, the deepest snow fell near Newcastle, which registered 5 inches and near Hot Springs, S.D., which registered 6 inches.

What fell in Gillette was enough to cause slick roads but did not trigger a rash of car wrecks, according to Police Sgt. Dirk Blackmer.

His agency had responded to only a few wrecks by mid-morning Monday. And the Sheriff's Office wasn't far off of that tally, according to Undersheriff Scott Matheny.

Despite a slow commute, there is one upside to the snow: much-needed moisture.

It will provide a few fractions of an inch of moisture to the yearly tally for Campbell County, but it will not make a significant dent in the drought conditions.

Even after the snowfall is calculated into the equation, Gillette still will be almost 4 inches of precipitation below average for the year.

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