Hard Freeze Tonight

Tonight is the night to cover your tomatoes, petunias, marigolds or any other plants you want to live another day. It is going to get cold tonight. A Freeze Warning is in effect for most of central and eastern South Dakota, western and central Minnesota and extreme northwestern Iowa. By tomorrow morning, temps will drop into the upper 20s to near 30 degrees in Sioux Falls while temps across northern South Dakota drop into the low 20s. Temps will drop into the low to mid 30s again tomorrow night, after that I don’t think frost will be a threat for the rest of the week.

A system to our south will keep Sioux Falls in the Tri-State region mostly cloudy today. Clouds will gradually roll out late today into this evening. Central and northern South Dakota will see a few clouds early with plenty of sunshine this afternoon. High temps will reach the low to mid 50s this afternoon.

The rest of the week is lookin’ good with plenty of sunshine and warming temps. By Thursday most places will warm into the upper 60s to low 70s. The weekend will be a bit cooler with a few scattered showers possible on Saturday.

Sunny Today, More Rain on the Way

Today is going to be a really nice fall day. There will be plenty of sunshine with afternoon temps in the low 60s and a light northwesterly breeze.

I wish I had better news for farmers that are struggling to get the combine in the field. More rain is in the forecast for tonight, tomorrow and Friday. Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of that rain will fall across the same places that had the heavy rain earlier this week. While I don’t think there’ll be quite as much rain this time around, we’re still looking at one-half inch to an inch of rain in Sioux Falls with heavier amounts south and east of the Sioux Falls area. Parts of Iowa and Minnesota could easily get an inch or two of rain through Friday night. Stay with us for updates. We’ll get more specific with rain amounts later today and tomorrow morning.

The rain will end by Saturday morning and that will lead us into a really nice weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the low 70s Saturday, mid to upper 60s on Sunday.

I do have some good news for farmers. After the rain ends on Friday, we should stay dry for a while. Our long-range models keep us mostly dry through next week and beyond. Hopefully that will give you some time to dry out and get harvest rolling.

Rain Ending, Becoming Mostly Sunny

There was plenty of rain overnight. Sioux Falls received over 2.8 inches through the night. That brings our total to 4.2″ since Saturday. When the rain ends, I’ll post a complete list of rainfall totals at KSFY.com. If you have rain to report, let me know and I’ll get it on the list. Tweet me (@shawncable) or drop me an email (shawn.cable@ksfy.com.)  

The rain will gradually end from west to east this morning with clouds decreasing by around lunchtime. It’s actually going to be a pretty nice day. This afternoon will be mostly sunny with highs in the 60s.

High temps will stay in the 60s through the rest of the work week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will return Thursday and Friday.

As of right now the weekend is lookin’ good! Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the 60s to low 70s.