It's a chilly start to our Friday with morning lows in the 40s across much of KELOLAND. In fact, Aberdeen and Madison have been at 39 as of 7am, with a low also at 39 in Rock Rapids. Temperatures will be warming up this afternoon into the mid to upper 70s with plenty of sunshine. However, clouds will increase late today in Rapid City were scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible late in the day and into the evening.
Tonight will feature rain chances in both Rapid City and Pierre. This rain is stemming from some of the moisture currently affecting Colorado. We are not forecasting heavy rain, but this system is likely to affect tonight's forecast and into the weekend. By tomorrow morning, areas of rain are likely to track into eastern South Dakota. The rain and the clouds will limit temperatures, with a high at just 67 in Sioux Falls. Rain amounts will generally range from from .25”-.50”, but locally heavier amounts will be possible with any thunderstorms. Also, temperatures could be limited into the 50s much of the afternoon if the rain showers linger.
We do expect a cold front to arrive in northern KELOLAND late Saturday night. This will lead to a drier trend on Sunday, but highs will remain in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Some rain chances will linger in Rapid City and the Black Hills as well. Our next chance of rain will develop late Monday into Tuesday. This will mainly a fact southeastern KELOLAND. After this disturbance passes, warmer weather is likely to return to the region by Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures could soar well into the 80s by the middle of next week. It appears that a cooling trend will then occur after the 7-day forecast.