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February 29, 2012 04:38 PM

Storm Center Update - Wednesday PM

We're about to start a calmer weather period over the next week and that is good news for those of us who need to do some shoveling.

The current winter system has mostly slid well east, with the last vestiges of snow between the Missouri and James Rivers.  That will end rather quickly, and we'd be lucky if more flurries landed in Sioux Falls.  It is windy and that strong northwest breeze will slowly taper off overnight.  Interstates are back open, too, but wind can always blow powder back across secondary roads. 

Tonight will be colder.  Most will be in the middle teens and snow-covered areas will be near 10-15. 

Tomorrow, we'll still be gray and gloomy, but at least dry.  Highs in many areas will be in the middle 30s and near 40 in the Black Hills.  Aberdeen will be slightly cooler.  Tomorrow night brings slight chances of light snow to Aberdeen and, by early morning, Sioux Falls.  Both of these are glancing shots and very slight. 

The weekend looks about the same.  You can expect highs around the seasonal average (middle 30s, marginally warmer west) and partly cloudy skies.  Sunday looks warmer by a few degrees, and Monday/Tuesday will be the warmest of the coming seven days.  Highs should be right around 50 by that point (except in the NE, we're stuck in this cold funk).  After that, long-range computer models hint a cool-down.

 

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