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February 16, 2011 07:14 AM

Storm Center Update - Wednesday AM

It's another mild start to the day in KELOLAND and we are headed for some very mild highs this afternoon.

South winds of 10-20 miles per hour should push highs to 49 in Sioux Falls, 43 in Aberdeen, 55 in Pierre, and 66 in Rapid City. We set a record high in Rapid City yesterday at 67 and we'll be close to that high once again today. Tonight will still be mild, but the winds will increase around Rapid City with the passage of a cold front with more wind across western KELOLAND tomorrow morning. That front won't reach Sioux Falls until the mid to late afternoon, allowing temperatures to climb into the mid 50s.

The warming trend will not last with highs returning to the 20s in Aberdeen on Friday and slight chance of snow. It still looks like the heaviest snowfall with stay to the north in North Dakota, but we'll still feel a blustery north wind to wrap up the work week.

Our attention then turns to the weekend forecast. First, it looks like some milder air will try to return on Saturday with highs in the 40s in the south, but northern KELOLAND will likely stay in the 20s. A developing storms system to our southwest will turn the wind around to the east on Sunday, keeping temperatures mainly in the 30s. This next storm will have enough warm air to produce areas of rain and snow. Rain will be favored in the beginning, but exactly how much and where are details yet to be sorted out. I do see a very good chance of this storm affecting southeastern KELOLAND and will likely end as some heavy wet snow on Monday. Again, that change-over from rain to snow will be critical to future forecasts to determine amounts. Stay tuned to the forecast the next few days and we'll keep you posted.

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