Parts of South Dakota are buried under eight inches of snow

BxRAQA0CQAAWQPg First snow of the season! Bridges could be slush covered, please use caution! 12:31 PM – 11 Sep 2014

One of the states that was hit the hardest by last winter’s “Polar Vortex” is already under several inches of snow.

Some South Dakota towns have been hit by the earliest winter storm in more than 120 years. The town of Custer has received eight inches and Mount Rushmore is under seven freezing inches.

Rapid City has as much as two inches of the fluffy white stuff, according to the Argus Leader. This is the earliest snowfall Rapid City has received since 1888.

The previous earliest snowfall in the city was seven-tenths of an inch on September 13, 1970.

Other locations reporting snow include Hill City (4.5 inches) and Sundance, Wyoming (4 inches).

BxQTngZCQAAA-H- On Day 1 of our #southdakota vacation, it was 84º. Today, there is snow! 9:16 AM – 11 Sep 2014

Forecasters told the paper a hard freeze will hit the area Thursday night as temperatures plummet into the teens and 20s, but relief is on the way.

Temperatures will climb through the 60s over the weekend and approach 70-degrees by Monday.

But that is of little solace to a state where long winters dominate life and this one has clearly come too soon for some.

“Noooooooooooo,” wrote a commenter to a story on local television station KOTA’s website.

Those worried about a long, cold winter might not find solace in the fact that the first day of autumn is still nearly two weeks away.

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