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April 18, 2013 04:47 PM

Storm Center Update - Thursday PM

Slushy and wet snow continues through eastern KELOLAND at this hour, as some of us are still under a Winter Storm Warning.  As expected, the winds have reduced visibility. Viewer reports haven’t showed too many issues on our roads but we should see some re-freezing tonight.
This snow is on the far back edge of a larger complex of storm.  There are also some very isolated snow showers close to Wall.  Most of the snow is east of the James River and is closer to Interstate 29.  Sioux Falls and some of SE South Dakota is still in line for the 3-6” of snow.  Southwest Minnesota is closer to a 4-8” band.  Atop Buffalo Ridge, we’ve seen totals already of 4.5” near Pipestone.  Snow will wind down this evening and will clear from west to east.  There is a high pressure center over Montana that will lead to windy conditions.  Expect the wind to last overnight and into tomorrow, especially on the Coteau. 
Even with more sunshine tomorrow, high temperatures will remain well below average.  That northwest flow from the winds isn’t helping, and neither is the jet stream.  The pattern should slowly budge this weekend, but our temps will again be knocked down by Monday.  We have another chance of rain coming primarily late Saturday and into Sunday West River.  The best chance in the east is on Sunday and into Monday.  By Monday, this should change into a wintry mix, due to cooler temperatures.  On Tuesday, high pressure coming out of Canada will lead to sunshine. Still, don’t expect widespread warmth early in the week.  North winds will drive in the cold air until midweek.
We could see warmer weather arrive by the end of the month, although long-range models have backed off on this, somewhat.

 

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