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February 17, 2017 05:50 AM

Storm Center Update- Friday AM, February 17th

Good Morning!

We are on track for 60s today in Sioux Falls.  The record high is 70, but we could surpass our forecast just a little if we get a little extra mixing ahead of a weak cold front early this afternoon.  The bottom looks really nice!


Highs in the west and north will be a little cooler today, but still well above normal for mid February.


Mild lows are ahead tonight, with most areas in the 30s.


Tomorrow looks less breezy with highs in the mid and upper 50s in the east and lower 60s at Rapid City.


Sunday still looks warmer.  We may get to record levels in a few locations by late afternoon.  South winds will increase along with the dew point.  


With more moisture in the air, we expect scattered showers and thunderstorms on Monday.  The low temperature Monday morning may set a new record for February in Sioux Falls at 50 degrees!


We'll likely see a couple more mild days next week, but this stretch of mild weather will come to a halt by Thursday and Friday of next week.  A developing low pressure center to our south will have a big spread in temperatures to work with...a key ingredient to a rapidly developing storm.


We still don't know the exact track or intensity of the storm, but this is an average of both the American and European models this morning.  Both models hit parts of KELOLAND with a very heavy snow and strong wind event late in the week.  We need to start watching this closely, so please pay attention to upcoming forecasts as this storm develops.  Much colder weather will also return next weekend behind the storm.


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