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December 09, 2011 06:03 AM

Storm Center Update-Friday AM

Sioux Falls, SD

We have a cold morning across KELOLAND with morning lows in the single digits above and below zero in many areas. Some light snow also continues along portions of the Missouri River Valley and west toward the Black Hills. There are no advisories for the snowfall, but amounts of 1-2” have been reported near the Nebraska border, so take your time and slow down on those snow covered roads.

Temperatures will still be cold today with many areas east of the James River Valley stuck in the teens for highs. The numbers will be warmer out in Rapid City, close to 30 in that area today. That will set up a warming trend for the weekend with mostly sunny skies. Highs tomorrow will range from 34 in Sioux Falls to 48 in Rapid City. That mild trend will spread east on Sunday, with highs around 40 in the Sioux Falls area. The lack of snow cover will help this warmer trend.

Next week is looking more interesting. First, some low level moisture could impact eastern KELOLAND on Monday with either drizzle or freezing drizzle a possibility. Beyond that, we are looking at a storm system moving into KELOLAND by Wednesday and Thursday. This system will be warm enough to support rain at first and then marginally cold enough for some snow into Thursday. We have a lot of time to watch this system, so more specifics will be coming out in the days ahead. The heaviest amounts of precipitation still appear to be in southern and southeastern KELOLAND, but several scenarios keep most of it as rain right now. The bottom line…stay tuned to the forecast today and this weekend as this system gets closer.
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