Major Spring Storm System to Bring Rain, Snow and Wind
Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 6:18 am
It is going to be an absolutely gorgeous day! However, once again the sunny, mild weather will only last about a day. We have big changes in the forecast for tomorrow. In fact, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for parts of northeast and east central South Dakota late tonight and tomorrow.
Let’s talk about the good stuff first: Today will be partly cloudy with afternoon temps ranging from the low 60s in Sioux Falls and across the tri-state area, to the upper 60s and low 70s across central and south-central South Dakota. Unfortunately, like a swerving, speeding, fist shaking nut-job in your rearview mirror, our next system is coming up fast! And, just like that aforementioned individual, the system will not be pleasant.
A fairly significant spring storm system will move across the plains tonight through tomorrow. There’s no doubt that there will be a considerable amount of moisture with the system. But, as it is with any spring system, the big question is, “how much rain vs. snow.” As of right now, I think that the Sioux Falls area will get a good mix. There will be between 0.25″ and 0.50″ of total precip. with about 1-3 inches of snow.
Further north and west of Sioux Falls, where temperatures will be colder, there will be more snow. As of right now, I think the heaviest snow will fall along a l9ine that extends from Pierre to Sisseton. Some places could get 4 to 6 inches by the end of the day tomorrow.
In addition to the rain and snow, tomorrow will also be very windy. North wind gusts from 35 to 45 mph are possible throughout the day and into tomorrow night. This will create areas of blowing and drifting snow. Stay tuned for the latest details on this developing storm system.
Wednesday will be breezy and colder with scattered showers and high temps in the low 40s. We will be back in the 50s on Thursday with another chance of rain or snow on Friday. The weekend ahead will be colder with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s.
Images are as of 7am Monday 3/17/14.