Blizzard conditions continue in western and central South Dakota this afternoon. The snow and strong wind are creating visibility problems. We’ve had reports of zero visibility in Pierre, near Hayes, and near Gettysburg. Those that have snow and haven’t reported visibility to zero have reported visibility of a quarter miles or less at times. Peak wind gusts over the past hour include: Rapid City 53, Aberdeen 52, Mobridge 48, and Pierre 41. Numerous travel problems are also being reported in the snow. Take caution with anytime spent outdoors.
The snow and wind will slowly pull out of western and central South Dakota as we go through this evening, but that’s when it’s expected to move into east central and northeast KELOLAND.
Blizzard Warnings are in effect for these areas as we go through the overnight. That’s when the snow and wind will create reduced visibilities and travel problems. Be alert for the changing weather conditions in eastern KELOLAND this evening and tonight.
Snow amounts from this system will range from near ten inches in north central South Dakota (the Mobridge area) to a couple of inches in southeast KELOLAND. Parts of central KELOLAND will get three to six while northeast KELOLAND can get amounts of four to eight. But with how strong the winds are, it doesn’t take much snow to get blizzard conditions.
While a blizzard is raging in western and central South Dakota, temperatures have warmed to seventy in Sioux Falls. The warmth will quickly end over the next couple of hours as strong west to northwest winds will start to blow in eastern and southeast KELOLAND. This will quickly knock down the temps later this afternoon and evening. While snow amounts will not be as heavy in southeast KELOLAND, it’s the wind that will create problems with reduced visibilities. Be aware of changing weather conditions in southeast KELOLAND later this evening.
The storm system will be to our east on Tuesday, so expect a dry and cold day. Highs will only be in the twenties and thirties with partly sunny skies. Wednesday will be a little warmer with highs in the thirties to lower forties, but another storm system is taking aim on KELOLAND for Thursday and Friday. This next system will give southeast KELOLAND the best chance at the heaviest snow. I’m not ready to make any forecasts as to who gets what on Thursday and Friday. Let’s get rid of our current snow storm before focusing on the next one.