A mild day is ahead for most of KELOLAND as high temperatures will reach into the upper 70s and lower 80s with a strong wind. Winds will gust to near 40 miles per hour in central KELOLAND this afternoon. Look for a cold front to move into the far west tonight, bringing with it a slight chance of rain. Overnight lows will remain mild ahead of the front, with upper 50s to lower 60s likely in Pierre, Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls. Southeast winds will also remain breezy overnight.
Another warm day is expected tomorrow across much of the east, while far western South Dakota will be much cooler. Highs will range from the low 60s in Buffalo to the mid 80s in Yankton and Sioux City. Friday will bring us a better chance of shower and thunderstorm activity. While areas of showers are possible as early as Friday morning, the best setup for rainfall appears to be Friday night and Saturday morning. In fact, some pockets of heavy rain will be possible near a slow moving cold front. There are still plenty of questions surrounding the exact placement of this boundary, so stay tuned for updates on that scenario in the next couple of days. There appears to be a good agreement, however, that is some spots near this cold front could pick up 1 to 2 inches of rainfall.
It appears that the front will move through the region by Saturday, leaving behind a very cool start to the weekend with highs in the lower 60s. Temperatures are expected to warm up by Sunday into the 70s, a trend that will continue into early next week.