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April 26, 2012 05:47 AM

Storm Center Update-Thursday AM

Sioux Falls, SD

Widespread Rain Tonight-Saturday…Amounts Near 2” in Spots…Much Cooler Weekend…

A large storm system will be affecting KELOLAND the next few days with a good chance of rain and much cooler weather.  Highs today will still be in the 60s, with the warmest weather across western KELOLAND.  Areas of showers will develop West River through the day, with the showers arriving in Sioux Falls by this evening.  The wind will be from the east at 15-30mph and will continue through tonight and tomorrow.  In fact, some of the east wind gusts could be near 40mph tomorrow.

Rainfall will be widespread tomorrow, with lingering showers possible on Saturday.  Amounts of .75” to 1.5” will be likely across KELOLAND, with some local amounts near 2”.  Temperatures will be cool with highs in the 40s tomorrow in many areas East River.  The cool weather and showers will continue on Saturday and may possibly linger on Sunday.  We’ve had some new data coming in this morning that will try to redevelop rainfall across eastern KELOLAND on Sunday.  Also, more rain and t-storms will be possible by Tuesday with yet another system. 

The weather pattern for the start of May is looking warm and wet.  The latest 6-10 day and 8-14 day outlook from the climate prediction center calls for much above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation in eastern KELOLAND.  While it is early to predict specific storms just yet, this pattern could swing us into severe weather very quickly the next 2 weeks.  

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