ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - The storm hit Aberdeen harder than some may have expected-- but Aberdeen mayor Mike Levsen told me-- he has seen plenty of smiles now that the snow is beginning to melt.
"There's a lot of anticipation because nobody really knew if it was going to be two inches or 20 inches and we got near the top of that estimate," Levsen said.
The amount of snow that hit our state left many people stuck inside.
"For the most part unless people really had to be out, people really didn't have a choice because they couldn't get out," Levsen said.
Many of those people were students living in dorms. Some took time to relax-- others used it to get ahead.
"I just studied for a while, I finished up some of my compositions that I had to do," said NSU Student Sara Krebsbach.
"We just kind of stayed inside, we played a bunch of video games, that sort of thing," said NSU Student Steven Meyer.
Aberdeen mayor Mike Levsen thinks these types of storms are actually a good thing sometimes.
"One of the good things in life is an anticipation and a hope that things are going to get better," Levsen said.
He has seen many smiling faces today-- now that the storm is pretty much over.
"If you live somewhere where it's nice weather everyday, those people don't have that, we have that here," Levsen added.
That doesn't mean he isn't excited for the start of spring weather-- just like most people.
"Now we can start over a little bit, wait for this to thaw and we'll be into spring very quickly," Levsen said.
The main roads are pretty much cleared-- crews will continue to monitor the residential areas to see what neighborhoods need to be plowed.
Many of the students at n-s-u said they did plan to try to get off campus today.