It’s Monday morning and we’re gonna hit the ground running in the ‘ol weather department this week. This morning it’s cloudy and dreary with areas of freezing drizzle in places. Plus, we are watching a winter storm system that will impact much of our region late tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. In fact, a Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for much of western, central and northern South Dakota.
I’ll start with today: Today will be cloudy, foggy and drizzly. With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark this morning – especially across central and northern South Dakota – roads are icy in places. Be prepared to give yourself plenty of time to get to work, school or wherever you might be headed this morning. In the Sioux Falls area, temperatures are in the mid 30s and should stay there most of the day, however, there could also be slick spots around the Sioux Falls area throughout the day.
Meanwhile, a powerful winter storm system is gearing up in the Colorado Rockies. This system will move across our area late tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. A Winter Storm Watch is already in effect for much of western, central and northern South Dakota. Areas of freezing drizzle will develop late tonight and will be followed by heavy snow tomorrow into Wednesday. As of right now, I think the heaviest snow will fall across western, central and northern South Dakota where some locations could get 6 or more inches. In Sioux Falls, freezing drizzle will be followed by snow – possibly 2 or more inches. By Wednesday, strong northwesterly wind gusts to 40 or more mph will create blowing snow that will reduce visibility at times.
In addition to the snow and wind, temperatures will continue to drop through the week. Highs will only reach the upper 20s to low 30s on Tuesday and Wednesday, falling into the teens by Friday. The weekend ahead will be dry but cold. Highs will only reach the upper 20s on Saturday but will warm into the 30s on Sunday.