We have a lot to talk about today with the weekend forecast. A true blizzard is in the works…details in just a bit.
First, today’s forecast looks quiet with areas of fog and low clouds in eastern KELOLAND. As southeast winds increase, temperatures will stay in the lower 30s in the east, with a transition toward warmer weather West River. Pierre will be in the mid 40s, while Rapid City will be near 50. The weather will remain quiet tonight with lows in the 20s. This will set-up a contrast in temperatures tomorrow.
Highs on Saturday will be in the lower 30s in Rapid City, with highs still in the 40s in southeastern KELOLAND. The morning will start dry, but snow will begin in western SD during the afternoon, with heavy snow likely in parts of the Black Hills by Saturday night.
Meanwhile, rain will develop in the southeast Saturday night as temperatures will remain above freezing.
The challenging part of the forecast will be Sunday. Winter storm watches and blizzard watches will go into effect for much of KELOLAND. The blizzard watch does include Sioux Falls. Rain in the east and southeast will change to snow during the day.
The changeover rate will determine how much snowfall accumulation we will see in Sioux Falls. Locations farther to the northwest will have colder temps and more snow.
Winds will be very strong behind the low pressure system Sunday afternoon and evening into Monday morning, with northwest wind gusts near 50mph. No matter how much snow we see, the strong winds will be likely in most areas.
Stay tuned for additional snow forecasts and more information through the day on KELOLAND.com and on KELOLAND News.