After another round of snow yesterday, many are waking up to clear skies and record low temperatures. Rapid City now owns another record: this month is already the snowiest in the city’s history.
Today we’ll get more sunshine and a chance to melt off some of yesterday’s snow. East-west roads are an issue this morning, as north winds caused some overnight drifting. The slushy nature of the snow is also leading to re-freezing conditions. Despite the sun, cold high pressure will lead to highs well below average. We are still on track for a big turnaround by the end of the week, but there are a few issues before then.
Tonight we’ll again be close to record low temps. The clearing skies will move close to Sioux Falls where tomorrow’s record low sits at 20°. Early tomorrow, a compact but fairly powerful system will move into NW South Dakota. Moisture is very limited but there is plenty of wind with this round of showers. This will begin as snow in the west and will change to rain as the day warms. NW winds will be sustained at 15-25 for most, and will be even stronger in the Black Hills and atop the Coteau/Buffalo Ridge. Again, there isn’t much moisture this time.
We’ll warm and bring back the sunshine on Thursday. This trend will last through the weekend. There will be more clouds, though, for this weekend.