We have another cold start in KELOLAND with temperatures well below zero in many areas. Highs will struggle to rebound into the single digits for both Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, while relatively warmer temperatures will be found West River.
Temperatures Thursday night won’t drop too much from the highs as clouds move in from the west and light snow develops West River. The snow won’t be heavy Friday, but temperatures will be slightly warmer.
The snow forecast will become a bigger headline Friday night and Saturday. We already have winter storm watches in effect for the Black Hills as a prolonged period of light to moderate snow is expected. Snow will affect much of southern and central KELOLAND Saturday with accumulations expected.
The cold air will be intense this weekend with highs a few degrees either side of zero both Saturday and Sunday in many areas. But the good news is, this should be the worst of the cold. Slow improvement is forecast through next week, with growing evidence that temperature will continue to climb beyond the 10 day forecast. Here a couple images comparing the magnitude of the cold air from on March 1st vs. March 10th. See the difference?
Here's another piece of good news. The new European model trendline is on the way up late next week as well with temperatures at least in the 30s and 40s again after the 7 day forecast.
Hang in there, spring isn’t so far away!