Snow, freezing rain Thursday night into Friday

A winter storm system will bring areas of snow and freezing rain to southeastern South Dakota, southern Minnesota and northern Iowa late Thursday, Thursday night and early Friday. Snowfall amounts will generally be in the 2 to 4 inch range with a swath of slightly higher amounts possible along I-90. There won’t be much wind with this system, so blowing snow will not be an issue. There will, however, be periods of freezing rain or drizzle with the snow and that will make roads and sidewalks very slippery. Snow will end from west to east Friday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from late Thursday into Friday morning.

Rain AND shine this weekend

We have both rain and shine in the forecast for this weekend. Temperatures will be warmer than average, with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely through Saturday night. While most places will get at least a little rain, there will be plenty of “dry time” between the scattered thunderstorms. The overall severe threat is low, but one or two strong to severe storms will be possible, especially on Saturday into Saturday night. Rainfall amounts will depend on where thunderstorms develop. Our best chance of rain will be late Saturday into Saturday night with locally heavy rainfall amounts of a quarter to a half inch or more possible. Storms will exit the region late Saturday night, leaving us with dry, pleasant weather for the first part of next week. Much cooler, fall like weather is likely by late next week.

The rest of this afternoon will be mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thundershowers likely. An additional tenth of an inch or more of rain will be possible in some locations. Showers will end and we could see a little sunshine later this afternoon into this evening. Temperatures will hover in the low to mid 70s through much of the day. Places that do get a little sun could see temps climb into the mid to upper 70s. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms. A little patchy fog will be possible toward morning, with temps dropping into the low to mid 60s by daybreak Saturday.

Saturday will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible off and on throughout the day. Our best chance of thunderstorms will come late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. As I mentioned earlier, the severe threat is low, but an isolated strong to severe thunderstorm is possible. Hail and straight line wind gusts will be the main threats. Heavier rainfall amounts of a quarter to a half inch or more will be possible with some of the storms that develop late Saturday and Saturday night. Not everyone will get heavy rain. Everything will depend on where thunderstorms develop. High Saturday will be in the upper 70s to low 80s. Thunderstorms will exit the region late Saturday night.

Sunday will be partly cloudy and pleasant with highs in the upper 70s. Warm, dry weather will continue into the first part of next week, with highs climbing into the 80s on Monday and Tuesday.

Our long range forecast models are hinting at an abrupt shift to more fall like weather by mid to late next week. By next Thursday and Friday, high temperatures will likely drop into the low 60s. There’s still some uncertainty in regards to the timing and magnitude of the cooldown, but we’re still almost a week away from that. We will be watching trends closely and will have updates as we get closer.