Sunny, Warmer Days Ahead

After several cloudy, cold and wet days we finally have some dry, mild weather in the forecast. High temps will be back in the 60s this weekend with sunshine and 70s in the forecast for most of next week.

Today will be sunny and warmer. High temps will reach the low to mid 60s this afternoon.

A cold front will slide across the region tomorrow, bringing our only chance of rain on the 7 Day Forecast. Scattered showers and thundershowers will develop across central South Dakota tomorrow morning and move east to I-29 by early afternoon. One to two tenths of an inch of rain is possible in some places. In addition to the chance of rain, tomorrow will be breezy with highs in the low 60s. Sunday will be partly cloudy with highs remaining in the low 60s.

Monday will be sunny with high temps in the low 70s. That trend will continue with lots of sunshine and highs in the 70s all week long.

Severe Weather Awareness Week

It is Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota and Wednesday, April 24th is the day of the statewide tornado drill. A test Tornado Watch will be issued at 10 am and a test Tornado Warning will be issued at 10:15 am. Sirens will sound across the state of South Dakota when the test Tornado Warning is issued. In addition, you will likely get an alert on your phone or mobile device. This is the time to plan for severe weather. Know your shelter and be sure kids know where to go and what to do when severe weather strikes.

Another very important part of your severe weather safety plan is having a weather radio. Get a weather radio! A weather radio will wake you when severe weather strikes at night. Weather radios are different now. A weather radio with SAME technology (which is almost all of the new weather radios you will find on the market today) will only activate when severe weather is impacting your area.

If you need a weather radio, or if you have one but need help with programming, we’d love to give you a hand. This Friday from 11 am until 1 pm, Phil Schreck will be at the downtown Nyberg’s Ace programming weather radios. Next Monday from 5 pm until 7 pm, I will be at the 41st and Minnesota Nyberg’s Ace to help you program your weather radio. Bring your weather radio from home, or you can get one there (they’ll be on sale.) It doesn’t matter where you got your weather radio, we just want to be sure you have one and that it’s properly set and ready to go for the upcoming severe weather season.

A Sunny, Warm Easter Weekend

We are headed into a really nice Easter weekend. It all starts today with sunshine and high temps in the mid 60s in Sioux Falls and locations east of the James River. Most of central and western South Dakota will reach the upper 60s to low 70s this afternoon.

Saturday will be the nicest day of the weekend and will actually feel like summer. Once again there will be plenty of sunshine with afternoon temperatures soaring into the low 80s.

Easter Sunday will start with sunshine, but clouds will increase during the afternoon with a slight chance of scattered showers and thundershowers by mid to late afternoon. Sunday will definitely be cooler than Saturday, but still Pleasant with high temps in the mid 60s.

Clouds and scattered showers will continue into Monday, but the rest of next week will be dry and mild. High temps will remain in the low 60s Monday and Tuesday and warm to the upper 60s to low 70s by Wednesday and Thursday.