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December 18, 2014 03:42 PM

Storm Center Update - Thursday PM

Sioux Falls, SD

Skies are cloudy in central and eastern KELOLAND and likely to stay that way not only tonight – but for much of the foreseeable future.

A very light south breeze is continuing to keep the atmosphere moist, so low clouds will remain in place tonight and tomorrow. But temperatures will remain mild – in fact, a few degrees warmer tomorrow. Look for highs under the clouds to be in the low 30s in central and eastern KELOLAND. It will reach the mid 40s in Rapid City and southwest South Dakota due to sunshine in that area.

The weekend also looks mostly cloudy, but travel conditions should be good. Highs this weekend will be in the low 30s. There might be some drizzle in central South Dakota on Sunday, but temperatures will be above the freezing mark.

We’re still expecting a clipper system to move through the area on Monday and Tuesday. During the day Monday the system should start as rain, because temperatures will be in the 30s. But cooling will occur from northwest to southeast, so a changeover will occur through most of the area Monday night and Tuesday. Snowfall amounts appear to be on the stingy side, so we’re not looking for significant amounts of snow. Temperatures will be in the low 30s in eastern KELOLAND during the rain/snow period.

Regarding the holidays: Christmas Eve Wednesday looks windy behind that clipper system, and it will be cooler - with highs in the 20s to around 30 degrees across KELOLAND. At this point we’ll keep Christmas Day Thursday cloudy but dry, with low 30s in eastern KELOLAND and near 30 in the west. One model projects snow on Friday, so keep that in mind as you make holiday travel plans.

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