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March 30, 2012 05:29 AM

Storm Center Update-Friday AM

Sioux Falls, SD

Scattered showers and t-storms are moving out of KELOLAND this morning.  Rain reports range from .75” in Chamberlain to around .01” in Sioux Falls.  Other heavier downpours fell south of Sioux Center and north of Sioux Falls toward Clear Lake and Ortonville.  Worthington even picked up just less than .50”.

We have fog this morning in northeastern KELOLAND with dense fog advisories in effect for Aberdeen, Watertown, and Brookings until 10AM.   We also have high fire danger today for much of western KELOLAND including the Black Hills.  That situation will likely get worse during the weekend.  Highs today will be in the lower 70s in the east, with upper 70s in both Pierre and Rapid City.  Winds will be from the south at 5-15mph.

Lows tonight will drop into the upper 40s to near 50 with partly cloudy skies.  This will set-up a very warm weekend with highs in the 80s in many areas on Saturday.  Winds will be variable at 5-15mph and fire danger will be high.  Sunday looks downright hot along and ahead of a cold front that will cross the region to close the weekend.  90s are possible across portions of central and eastern KELOLAND, with 89 in the forecast for Sioux Falls.  Records will certainly be in jeopardy with this forecast.

Cooler weather will be likely by Monday with a chance of scattered showers.  The winds will be stronger from the west and drier air will filter into KELOLAND through Tuesday.  This may set-up a scenario for frost Tuesday night if the winds diminish, so gardeners may want to watch that in the forecast.

Otherwise, we’ll see another warming trend toward mid to late week with a chance of 70s and 80s again just ahead of Easter Weekend.  
 

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