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January 13, 2018 03:42 PM

Storm Center Update Saturday PM - January 13

Western South Dakota has been having some light snow pass through this afternoon. Looking at our Rapid City SkyCam, it seem the snow is having a hard time sticking to the roadways so far. We’ll keep the snow in the forecast through at least the evening with central SD getting some of that light snow as it tracks eastward. If the track of this light snow remains the same, areas south of I-90 in southeast KELOLAND could see some of this snow overnight tonight. Any snowfall accumulations outside of the Black Hills will be light if there is any accumulation at all, while the Black Hills could pick up a few inches before this round of snow is done.

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Winds will change to a northwesterly direction as upper level energy will sweep across the area tomorrow. As the energy moves through, we’ll have another chance for some light, powdery snow, especially late in the day with little, if any, accumulation. Fortunately it will also be warmer with daytime highs in the low to mid-20s East River (near normal for this time of year) to near 40 in western South Dakota.

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Next week is looking snow-free Monday through Friday. We will also have a lot of sunshine, due to an area of upper level high pressure that will control our skies.

On Monday, brisk northerly winds will bring another blast of arctic air. Even though skies will be sunny on Monday, eastern KELOLAND will have a tough time warming above the zero mark during the afternoon while central and western KELOLAND reach the single digits to low teens.

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Tuesday will be very cold in the morning, in the teens or even 20 degrees below zero. Tuesday afternoon we’ll have sunshine, with highs in the single digits in the east, warmer teens and 20s will be found in the west.

Skies will be mostly sunny Wednesday and Thursday, and temperatures will be sharply warmer, well into the 20s East River on Wednesday and with near 40 degree highs possible on Thursday. The central and western regions will be even warmer as they reach the 30s and 40s easily. 

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