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Vermillion digging out from late week storm

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Snow has been falling steadily in southeast South Dakota since mid afternoon.

The Vermillion area is in this storm's wake.

The snow has been falling for much of the evening. for most students at USD, it's just another South Dakota winter night.

You could call it a winter wonderland in Vermillion.

Snow has been falling since mid afternoon on Thursday and it doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon.

Meanwhile, there are dozens outside trying to keep up.

USD groundskeeper Brandon Koch is one of them who got the late shift before he's back at it at dawn Friday morning. "We've got machinery running, cleaning the sidewalks, but they can't get the spots like this along the entrances and stairways. I have to keep and get snow off here, make it safe and accessible for the students," says Koch. "I'm getting a little tired. Just got to keep fighting."

For other students walking to class on campus, Thursday night was like any other. "We've already heard of students falling on the sidewalks, so we're doing what we can to keep them clean and safe."

But on the roads a much different story. Drivers were bracing for slick roads and low visibility while others were not so lucky. "We live on Dakota Street, which is one of the busiest in Vermillion. You get used to dodging traffic. People don't slow down unless the light is red. The city is good about clearing the streets, you just have to watch out."

But no matter what time of the season it's winter in South Dakota so this is always expected. "I like winter. I like snow and the change of the seasons. We need the moisture. The only thing that bothers me is when we shovel the sidewalks and then the city comes and pushes the snow back on my driveway. I have to shovel that three times, but otherwise I like the snow and the cold."

And for those who are wondering, USD officials say there will be class tomorrow.

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