SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014

Light Snow Likely on Christmas Eve

Light snow is in the forecast for Christmas Eve day. It will develop in Sioux Falls by late tomorrow morning and continue through mid to late afternoon. About 1 to 2 inches of accumulation as possible, a few local areas may get closer to 3 inches. Wind gusts to 25 mph will create blowing snow in rural areas.

Light freezing drizzle is likely along the Missouri River in central South Dakota late tonight through tomorrow. A winter weather advisory is in effect there.

This is the latest snow forecast. Most people in the 2-4 inch band will be closer to the 2 inches than the 4 inches. For details on the Winter WX Advisory, go to


Snow, Wind and Bitter Cold

Latest update: 

4 to 5 inches of now has already fallen in Sioux Falls. Snow will decrease in intensity by later this morning, but wind will continue to create blowing and drifting snow through tonight. As of right now, I’m thinking we’ll get about 5 to 7 inches in Sioux Falls with locally heavier amounts.¬†About 3-5 inches is possible in Aberdeen.

Snow reports as of 8:15AM:

Location Snow
South Dakota
Winfred 5.7
White Lake 5.5
Pickstown 5.0
Sioux Falls @FSD Airport 4.8
Flandreau 4.6
Sioux Falls Downtown 4.2
Selby 3.7
Roscoe 3.7
White 3.5
Wessington Springs 3.5
Tea 3.0
Aberdeen 3.0
Watertown 2.5
Milbank 2.5
Sisseton 2.3
Turton 2.0
Pierre 2.0
Westbrook 2.0
Wheaton 1.5
Rock Rapids 2.0
Orange City 0.2
Sioux City 0.2



A significant winter storm system will continue to bring snow and blowing snow to the region throughout the day today and into tonight. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for much of South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota through this evening.

5 to 7 inches of accumulation is expected in and around the Sioux Falls metro area with heavier 3 to 7 inch amounts north of I-90. Strong northwest wind gusts to 30, possibly 40 mph today and tonight will create blowing and drifting snow that could reduce visibility to near zero at times, especially in rural areas. In addition to blowing snow, the wind will create dangerously cold wind chill factor to near 30 below zero tonight.

Snow will stop falling this evening but the wind will continue to create blowing and drifting snow through much of the night. This is a dangerous storm. If you get stranded, do not leave your car. Stay with your vehicle and wait for someone to find you. Conditions will improve by later tonight and tomorrow.

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Major Winter Storm: Snow, Blowing Snow and Cold on the Way

This morning, areas of dense fog in Sioux Falls and across the tri-state area will reduce visibility to less than one-half mile and make roads very slippery. Give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination this morning.

A winter storm system will bring big changes to our weather over the next couple of days. Snow and blowing snow are likely today, tonight and tomorrow and will be followed by bitter, arctic cold temperatures. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern South Dakota. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect along and north of I-90. The Winter Weather Advisory does not include the city of Sioux Falls.

In Sioux Falls, areas of light freezing rain are possible this morning. The freezing rain will change to just rain as temperatures warm above freezing later this morning. Light rain showers are possible through early afternoon. Rain will change to snow this afternoon as temperatures drop back below freezing. Light snow will continue through tonight and into tomorrow. 2 to 5 inches of accumulation is expected in Sioux Falls and across the tri-state area with heavier amounts possible just north of Sioux Falls. Wind will be fairly light across the region today but will shift to the northwest and increase to 15-25 mph tonight. Gusts to 30 mph are likely from late tonight through tomorrow night, creating blowing snow at times especially in rural areas.

In Aberdeen, Watertown and Pierre: Snow has already developed across portions of central and northern South Dakota and will continue today, tonight and into tomorrow. Later this afternoon and tonight strong northwesterly wind gusts to 35 mph will create blowing and drifting snow reducing visibility significantly at times. 3-5 inches of accumulation is possible in Pierre and Watertown, 5-7 inches is possible in Aberdeen.

Snow Forecast as of 7am on 12/3/13

Snow Forecast as of 7am on 12/3/13