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Uncommon May snowfall makes a memorable school field trip

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It's the first day of May, but it's already the third snowiest May in Sioux Falls' history.   

Today's snowfall is the most we've had in May since the 1940s; it's the first measurable snow since 1976. But despite the groundbreaking statistics, many people were less than thrilled when they looked outside Wednesday morning. 

The big contrast from last weekend's 80 degree weather is why this unlikely snowfall put a big wrinkle in outdoor plans. 

"We had a field trip planned to come out and have a picnic here at Sertoma Park and let the kids play on the playground," said field-trip chaperone Chastity Reimer. 

Unfortunately the second graders and parents on the trip hadn't planned on having their picnic in the snow. 

"Well it's May, so we were kind of expecting nice weather, 60s, 70s, no wind, sunny, you know green grass, run of the mill spring stuff, but it's South Dakota," said Allie Miller and Lacey Vanemmerik, two other parent chaperones at Sertoma Park. 

With last week's beautiful weather, many parents had already put away the winter clothes. 

"Third reaction was crap, I have to get the winter gear back out," said Miller.

"I packed away snow boots and snow pants last week," said Vanemmerik. 

Many of the kids left the house without hats, gloves or snow boots Wednesday morning.

"Luckily one of the moms brought a basket full of winter gear that she was donating and she was able to hand out stuff for everyone that needed something," said Vanemmerik. 

Although the kids were bundled up and still enjoying their field trip, they were pretty much done with the snow. 

"What do you guys think of snow, do you want more snow or more summer—more summer!"

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