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December 27, 2014 07:07 AM

Storm Center Update- Saturday AM

A blanket of fresh snow now covers much of southeastern KELOLAND.  Snowfall totals of 2-4” have been very common, with 3.6” measured at the Sioux Falls airport.  Drive with care today as crews continue to clear the snow from the roadways.

 

Partly cloudy skies are forecast behind this system with highs near 20 in Sioux Falls.  Aberdeen and Pierre will be in the mid 20s, with highs close to 30 in Rapid City.  Winds will be from the west at 5-15 mph, switching to the south by this evening.

 

The forecast looks quiet overnight, but reading will fall into the single digits above zero in many areas.  We should get a rebound into the 20s by Sunday in many areas of KELOLAND, but snow is back in the forecast across the west by the afternoon.

Light snow will expand east and southeast through Sunday night and Monday morning.  It looks like the best chance of snow will be in the Black Hills and Rapid City area with this system.  The chances of snow go down to 40% in Sioux Falls and just 20% in the Aberdeen and Watertown areas.

Cold air will then become the big weather story next week with highs falling into the single digits Monday and Tuesday in many areas.  Subzero lows are very likely too...with teens below zero a possibility.

We do see some warming by New Year’s Day, but the majority of the 7-day forecast will be below normal.  In other words, don’t expect much melting for several days.

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