Severe Storms Likely Tonight

The storm prediction Center has issued a moderate risk for severe storms across much of South Dakota and portions of Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. Storms will develop across western and central South Dakota by late this afternoon and move east through the night tonight.

As storms initially develop across central and western South Dakota, there will be the potential for large hail and possibly even a tornado or two. As storms progress eastward, they will evolve into a line of severe storms and the primary severe threat will transition to damaging straight-line wind gusts in excess of 70 or 80 mph.

As of right now, I think that storms are move into to central South Dakota by early evening, the James Valley after 9 or 10 PM, and into the Sioux Falls area and places along I-29 after 10 PM, possibly as late as midnight. Storms will then progress into Iowa and Minnesota during the early morning hours. Timing could change a bit depending on where and when storms develop. Be sure to stay tuned throughout the day for the latest developments.


Sunny & Warmer Today… Watching a Possible Winter Storm

We are keeping an eye on a winter/spring storm system that could bring accumulating snow to parts of our region later this week. More on that in a sec… Before we get to the snow, I have a couple of really nice days to tell you about.

Today will be mostly sunny, warm and not terribly windy with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Central South Dakota will be quite a bit warmer with highs ranging from the mid 60s in Pierre to the mid 70s in Gregory, Winner and White River. Tomorrow won’t be quite as warm in central South Dakota, but we will warm back into the low 60s in the Sioux Falls area.

Of course, the “big talker” this morning is the possibility of snow later this week. It’s true, part of our region could get several inches of snow late Tuesday night and Wednesday. Our latest models are suggesting the potential for four or more inches. At this point it is way too early to get specific with a track, but it looks like the best chance for snow accumulation will be a long and south of line that runs from Marshall to Mitchell to Winner. In addition to snow, strong wind gusts will create blowing snow Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night into Thursday.

Don’t make any major decisions yet, there’s a lot that could change with the storm system. Snowfall amounts will depend largely on how fast cold air wraps its way into the system and changes rain to snow. The track is also still uncertain… A couple of our forecast models still take this system well south of our area. I’ll be watching things closely as the system develops and will have updates as things change.

Heavy Snow, Blizzard Conditions Possible Tuesday

UPDATE: System May Be Shifting North

Our latest model runs are suggesting that this winter storm system could be shifting further north. That means Sioux Falls could get more snow and an increased likelihood of blizzard conditions in the Sioux Falls area tomorrow into tomorrow night. As of right now, I am forecasting a range of 2 to 5 inches across the Sioux Falls metro area, however, if the midday model run remains consistent with our latest run and continues to suggest that this storm system will track further north, I will most likely adjust that snow forecast range upward by several inches.

Stay tuned for updates… I should have new information by around noon or shortly after.


Previous Update Below

A powerful winter storm system is winding up and getting ready to move into our area late tonight and will bring heavy snow and strong wind gusts to the Tri-State region through Tuesday night and into early Wednesday.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect from 3 AM tomorrow through 4 AM Wednesday for Union County, SD and parts of northwestern Iowa including the Okoboji area, Orange City, Sioux Center, Sioux City, and Elk Point. A Blizzard Watch is in effect from late tonight through Tuesday night for extreme southeastern South Dakota, a large portion of northern and western Iowa, southern Minnesota, and eastern Nebraska. South Sioux Falls, Harrisburg and Tea (Lincoln County) are included in the Blizzard Watch. I 90 from the Minnesota line east across Minnesota is included and I 29 from Sioux Falls south past Omaha is also included in the Blizzard Watch.

Snow will develop from southwest to northeast late tonight and continue through much of the day tomorrow. Snowfall accumulation will range from between 2 to 5 inches across the Sioux Falls Metro area to over 12 inches southeast of Sioux City and Spencer, Iowa. Strong north wind gusts from 25 to 35 mph will create blowing snow through much of the day tomorrow and into tomorrow night. Blowing snow will reduce visibility to near zero at times making travel nearly impossible at times.

We are going to be keeping a very close watch on this developing storm. Stay with us for the very latest updates.

Snow Forecast as of 2/1/16 at 7AM

Snow Forecast as of 2/1/16 at 7AM


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