It is going to be a very active week of weather. We are keeping an eye on at least two potential winter storm systems that could impact travel this holiday week. The first system will arrive Tuesday and continue into Wednesday morning, the second system will impact the region late this week into the weekend.
I hope you were able to enjoy the mild temperatures yesterday, because we won’t have weather like that again for quite some time. A cold front blasted across the plains last night and that will bring cooler, breezy weather today. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Wind will be from the northwest gusting to around 30 mph this morning, decreasing a bit this afternoon.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect late Tuesday, Tuesday night into Wednesday morning for southeastern South Dakota, southern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, and northeastern Nebraska. Sioux Falls is included in the Watch. Snow will develop across western and central Nebraska late tonight and move northeast on Tuesday and continue Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Snowfall amounts of 4 to 7 inches will be possible. In addition to the snow, strong northwesterly wind gusts to between 30 and 40 mph will create areas of blowing snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Snow will end late Tuesday night with wind decreasing during the day Wednesday. Travel conditions will gradually improve Wednesday morning.
We will get a bit of a break from the wintry weather late Wednesday into Thanksgiving morning, but another relatively weak system will bring light snow and areas of freezing rain on Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening.
Another winter storm system will impact the region on Friday into Saturday. This one will have the potential to bring rain, freezing rain and more measurable snow to much of our region. This one is still almost a week away, so stay tuned for updates as we get closer.