It is going to be mostly cloudy, colder and breezy on Election Day. High temperatures will only reach the mid 30s this afternoon with northwesterly wind gusts to between 30 and 35 mph. Gusts to 40+ mph are possible across Central and Western South Dakota today. Bundle up if you’re going to be outside. The wind is going to make it feel a lot colder than it actually is. In addition to the wind and cold, a few scattered light snow showers will be possible across Northeastern of South Dakota and West Central Minnesota later this afternoon into this evening.
I hate to say it, but today is actually one of the warmest days on the 7 Day Forecast. Between now and the weekend we will get socked with a couple blasts of cold, Canadian Air. Each will knock our temperatures a little lower and bring a little gift of light snow.
The first system will kick through tonight. As I mentioned above, scattered light snow showers will be possible across Northeastern South Dakota and West Central Minnesota this afternoon into this evening. Light snow flurries will be possible across the rest of the region, including Sioux Falls, overnight. Accumulation will be light. Tomorrow will be colder but not as windy as today. Highs will only reach the low 30s tomorrow afternoon.
A system to our south could bring a little light snow to places south of I-90 on Thursday. The next cold blast will come Thursday night into Friday. This one will bring light snow Thursday night into Friday and drop high temps into the low to mid 20s by Friday afternoon. There could be some minor snow accumulation with this system.
The weekend will warm up a little. Just a little. Saturday and Sunday will be partly to mostly cloudy with high temps in the 30s. We could catch another shot of cold air and a little more light snow by early next week. Unfortunately, our long-range models don’t show much of a break from the cold until about the middle of November. I’ll keep a close eye on things and let you know if that changes.