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February 01, 2011 06:31 AM

Storm Center Update - Tuesday AM

Very cold weather will continue in the forecast as light snow ends this morning across eastern KELOLAND.
The snowfall totals have varied with around 5.4” in Sioux Falls, 4” in Watertown, 5.8” in Aberdeen, and 1.4” in Pierre. Amounts were also heavier just north of Sioux Falls from Madison to Brookings, then east to Marshall with 6+”.

Now our attention will turn to the wind, with north winds of 15-30mph expected in many areas of southern KELOLAND. Look for areas of blowing and drifting snow and a winter weather advisory will remain in effect until 6PM for much of southeastern KELOLAND. The winds will continue tonight and the wind chill will be very cold. In fact, we are forecasting overnight wind chills to be -30 to -50, which is pretty much as bad as it gets for cold in KELOLAND. In the old days, the old wind chill chart would have showed around -70 tonight…just to give you an idea of what this air will feel like. Lows tonight will be around -33 in Aberdeen, with -10s and -20s elsewhere. We’ll have another very cold day tomorrow, but we’ll start to see a big warm-up Thursday and Friday with highs in the 20s and 30s East River. There will even be 40s again in the west.

One other note, we can be thankful that we are missing the big blizzard to our south and east. A historic storm is taking shape in Texas and Oklahoma with a paralyzing storm all the way to Chicago later today.