The recent cold snap in South Dakota was a stark reminder that the temps can plummet quickly in the upper plains. Now, according to a new report from NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, there's more cold weather on the way.

In fact, much colder than originally expected.

It's a good thing that we spotted swimwear and shorts while Christmas shopping yesterday. It's even better that most hats and gloves are marked down 50% in some places!

The latest climate research data, as compiled by Ag Week, says that "colder than average temperatures are favored in the northern Plains region through the rest of the winter season."

La Nina, the culprit for the often unpredictable weather patterns often breaks late winter and could usher in an early spring, according to Laura Edwards, Acting State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.

Let's take that as a good sign of things to come. Until then, grab some of those discounted mittens and lets winter!

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