"It's beautiful here," said Veronica Behmen, of Gettysburg, about 5 p.m.
The Potter County seat was one of the hardest hit by the system, with reported snowfall of as much as 10 inches. Behmen eventually went outside to dust off her car. Her estimate — about 8 inches of slushy snow.
By noon or so, the snow was largely done falling, she said. Heavy afternoon gusts blew snow from roofs and trees, but conditions had settled by early evening, she said.
At supper time, the temperature in both Gettysburg and Aberdeen was just above freezing.
Officially, a trace of snow fell Thursday in Aberdeen, said Ryan Vipond, of the National Weather Service office. The total so far this winter is 9.3 inches.
"I'm sure people are thrilled it missed us," he said.
Ipswich, Bowdle, Eureka and Leola were also spared any significant snowfall, but communities in the Missouri River Valley weren't so fortunate, Vipond said.
The weather service had a report of a foot of snow in northern Hyde County. Local sheriff's offices reported a variety of totals Thursday afternoon:
Walworth County: 5 to 6 inches in Mobridge and 2 to 4 inches in Selby.
Campbell County: 4 to 6 inches.
Dickey County, N.D.: 2 to 3 inches that melted as it fell in Ellendale, N.D., a couple of inches of accumulation in the western part of the county.
Faulk County: 2 inches.
Marshall County: A trace.
Edmunds County: More rain than snow.
Day County: No snow.
Cheryl Sautner, who works at the Potter County Sheriff's Office, said most reports in the county were between 8 and 10 inches.
Sautner owns three dachshunds.
“When I let them out the door at 7 o'clock this morning, they sunk,” she said late Thursday afternoon.
Behmen said the fresh snow and the evening sun made things look nice in Gettysburg. A transplant from the Twin Cities, she has lived in the town for about two and a half years. She said she and her husband, Warren, are retired and didn't bother to venture out Thursday.
"I just stayed home and enjoyed," she said. "We just kind of visited and played cards and read books and stuff. I even squeezed a lemon for a lemon pie."
There's a 20 percent chance of more snow in the Aberdeen area this afternoon. But, Vipond said, it's not going to be anything serious.
"It's not even going to be measurable, probably," he said.
Sunday might be another story. But, it's still too early to tell, Vipond said. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow. Brisk winds, however, are more of a certainty, according to the forecast. So even if people can't see more physical evidence of winter, they'll be able to feel it, Vipond said.
And, as the system moves through, temperatures will drop, he said. Forecasted highs for Monday and Tuesday are around 25, roughly 5 degrees below normal. The Monday night low will be about 5.
"A lot of uncertainty remains as to who gets snow and who doesn't" Sunday, Vipond said.
But, he said, northeast and north-central South Dakota stand better chances to get snow than do the southeast and southern parts of the state and the Black Hills.