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January 17, 2011 06:38 AM

Storm Center Update - Monday AM

A coating of freezing rain, sleet and snow has left roads slippery Monday morning.

There are currently areas of freezing rain affecting the Miller/Chamberlain/Huron areas, so be aware as this band of freezing rain as it continues to head southeast. Most areas West River are above freezing, but there will be areas of freezing rain, sleet and snow today and a winter weather advisory continues for most areas West River until noon CST. Sioux Falls can still expect a mixed bag of light precipitation this morning, so be advised.  Amounts of precipitation will remain light, but it never takes much of the freezing rain to cause trouble.

As a cold front swings through KELOLAND today, temperatures will be dropping in Aberdeen and Pierre late this morning and will keep dropping into tonight. Sioux Falls will likely hit 30 for the high before temperatures start falling late this afternoon. This cold front will increase northwest winds and blowing snow can be expected. A winter weather advisory for blowing snow is in effect from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Pipestone, Marshall, Worthington and Spencer. Please be advised of this developing situation. Look for light snow to redevelop in central and western KELOLAND overnight with an additional inch of snow possible.

Light snow may continue tonight in the central and west as temperatures tumble in the single digits above and below zero.

Dry and cold weather can be expected tomorrow with highs near 4 in Sioux Falls and 0 in Aberdeen. Look for about 10 in Pierre and Rapid City should warm to near 29. Another round of snow will arrive in western and central KELOLAND on Wednesday and the cold weather will continue. The winds should be lighter with this next system, however.

Looking ahead, the biggest challenge will be forecasting the transition toward milder air into next week. It looks like we still have a chance to break this pattern by next weekend as the Canadian model is the most aggressive on getting us out of the cold weather. We are still holding onto conservative temperatures in the forecast for now, so bundle up and stay warm.

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