TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016
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Another Winter Storm On the Way

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.

 

Snow Forecast as of 7am on 12/14/2015

Snow Forecast as of 7am on 12/14/2015

Winter Storm Watch as of 7am on 12/14/2015

Winter Storm Watch as of 7am on 12/14/2015

Winter Storm will Impact Travel Thru Tuesday Evening

A powerful winter storm system will bring a significant, long-duration snowfall event to much of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska today and tomorrow. With 6 to 10 or more inches of snow likely over the next couple of days and wind gusts to 20 or 25 mph tomorrow into tomorrow night, travel will be impacted. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of our region – including the Sioux Falls metro area – through Tuesday evening.

The storm will begin with areas of light freezing drizzle this morning. That will quickly change to snow that will become heavy at times by later this morning and will continue through the afternoon. Our heaviest snow will fall during the day today with 4 to 6 inches possible today alone. Snow that falls today will be relatively wet and heavy but will become lighter and fluffier as temperatures drop slightly this afternoon. Snow, while a bight lighter, will continue to fall through tonight and tomorrow with an additional 2 to 4 inches possible through tomorrow evening.

The wind will be relatively light both today and tonight, however, it will increase tomorrow. Gusts to 25 mph are possible by tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow evening and that will create areas of blowing snow at times, especially in rural areas.

Thanksgiving Day Travel: Roads Icy but Passable

Roads are icy but passable. Just take it easy and allow plenty of extra time for travel.

Road Conditions:

SD: www.safetravelusa.com/sd

MN: www.511mn.org

IA: http://www.511ia.org

NE: http://www.511.nebraska.gov