A Snowy Monday… Another Cold Week Ahead

We are going to kick off the week with yet another round of light snow. Snow will develop across Central South Dakota by mid-morning and move east to the James Valley around lunchtime. Snow will make its way east to I-29 by about mid-afternoon. Snowfall will be relatively light across South Dakota. About an inch or two of accumulation can be expected in most places including the Sioux Falls area.

This system will have a more significant impact to our south and east with heavier snowfall amounts likely across much of Iowa and Minnesota. Marshall, Worthington, Windom, Sioux City and Sioux Center could get 2 to 3 inches while Redwood Falls, St. James, Spirit Lake and Spencer, IA could get 3 to 6 inches. Locations further east could get 6 or more inches of snow. Snow will end from west to east late tonight, lingering into tomorrow morning across parts of Iowa and Minnesota.

By tomorrow morning strong northwesterly wind gusts to 35 mph will kick in and create areas of blowing snow throughout the day. The wind will gradually decrease tomorrow evening.

We will get a brief break from the snow and blowing snow on Wednesday and then another system will bring more snow Thursday into Friday. Another couple of inches will be possible with this one. Stay tuned, we will get more specific with the storm track and snow totals as we get closer.

It’s going to stay cold. Temperatures will reach the low to mid 20s this afternoon and that makes today the warmest day on the 7 Day Forecast. Our colder than average trend will continue through the rest of the week, but I don’t expect extremes like we’ve had the past couple of weeks. High temps will be generally in the teens with lows hovering either side of zero.

Conditions Improving, Still Dangerously Cold

The wind will continue to decrease this morning and as that happens travel conditions will gradually improve across the region. Unfortunately the bitterly cold Arctic air will stick around for about another day.

Today will be sunny and cold. High temps won’t even make it above zero in most places. I’m forecasting a high of zero in Sioux Falls. Most of Northern South Dakota will barely get above 10 below zero this afternoon. Even though the wind will decrease to about 5 to 15 mph today, the wind chill factor will hover in the 20 to 30 below zero range tonight into tomorrow morning.

After another cold morning, temperatures will warm back above zero tomorrow afternoon. Saturday will be partly to mostly cloudy with high temps ranging from the upper teens in Sioux Falls and Pierre to the single digits above zero in the north.

Our active weather pattern will pick up again with a chance of light snow on Sunday. Accumulation will be limited to around an inch or so. Yet another system will bring a chance of snow Monday afternoon through Tuesday. The Monday/Tuesday system looks to be a bit more significant with the potential for several inches of snow followed by more strong wind and blowing snow. We’re still several days away from this one. Stay with us for updates throughout the weekend. We’ll fine tune the track and get more specific with possible snowfall amounts as we get closer.

Blizzard Conditions, Dangerous Cold Today & Tonight

A powerful winter storm system will bring whiteout blizzard conditions and dangerously cold temperatures to much of the region today and tonight making travel extremely dangerous and at times nearly impossible. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for today and tonight and includes Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Pierre and much of Northeastern and Eastern South Dakota, Southwestern Minnesota and Northwestern Iowa.

While most places will only get an additional inch or two of snow, the several inches of light, fluffy snow already on the ground will combine with strong northwesterly wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph to create whiteout blizzard conditions today and tonight. Temperatures are already below zero this morning and will continue to fall through the day. In addition to creating blowing snow, the wind will drop the wind chill factor to between -30° and -40° later today and tonight. A Wind Chill Advisory is also in effect for much of the region from late tonight through tomorrow morning. The wind will gradually decrease after midnight tonight and travel conditions will improve late tonight into Friday morning.

We will break for some sunshine on Friday and Saturday and then jump back into our active weather pattern with another chance of light snow on Sunday. Yet another system will bring a chance of accumulating snow next Monday into Tuesday. Stay tuned for updates.