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February 22, 2011 06:27 AM

Storm Center Update - Tuesday AM

sioux falls, sd


We are looking at mostly sunny skies today and warmer temperatures.
The sun alone should help melt some of the ice and snow on the sidewalks and driveways out there.

We'll likely see the wind increasing from the south during the afternoon with highs in the lower to middle 20s East River and lower to middle 30s across the west. The wind will be an issue this evening north of Sioux Falls with south winds gusting over 30 miles per hour in SW Minnesota and also near Summit in northeastern KELOLAND. Keep an eye on the forecast today as we'll be monitoring the blowing and drifting snow potential through the day.

Otherwise, temperatures will be warmer tomorrow with many areas in the 20s and 30s. 40s are likely south of Sioux Falls where there is less snow on the ground. This warmer weather will be short-lived, however, as cold arctic air makes a return. Temperatures will be falling Thursday through Saturday with highs in the single digits and teens and lows falling below zero. The coldest temperatures will likely get here by Friday and Saturday. There will also be areas of snow, with the best chance of snow across western and southern KELOLAND. This snow will spread out over 2 or 3 days and will likely be enough to cause slick roads, but not as heavy as this last storm. We'll get more specific with the snow forecast in the days ahead, but plan on more cold and snowy weather.

The weather pattern is showing some signs of warming early next week, but it will be a slow warming trend with all of the snow in KELOLAND. We all know that flooding will be a major problem once this new snow melts into the rivers in the north and east, so a very slow and steady melt is about the best thing we can hope for.
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