Storm Center Update-Tuesday AM
January 10, 2012, 5:36 AM
SIOUX FALLS, SD - We have one more very mild day of weather in KELOLAND before we return to more normal weather for mid January. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s in many areas, with some record highs possible. We hit records yesterday in Aberdeen, Mobridge, and Pierre…so the trend may continue.
A strong cold front will dive south tonight, bringing areas of light snow. The snow showers will be most likely in Rapid City. In fact, the northern Black Hills could pick up 2-4” of snow tonight and tomorrow. Places on the plains will be less than 1”, and most areas will not get enough to coat the ground white. Winds will be very gusty late tonight and tomorrow, with highs over 40mph in western KELOLAND. Temperatures will be steady or dropping much of the day on Wednesday, so it will certainly feel more like winter.
We are expecting cold weather to continue on Thursday with highs in the teens in the east and lower 30s in the west. Temperatures will be slowly warming into the weekend, with highs back in the mid 40s in the west by Saturday. Eastern areas won’t be as warm, but 30s are still likely in both Sioux Falls and Aberdeen.
Next week will be very interesting as brutally cold air from Siberia crosses the North Pole and heads south into Canada. The 10 day forecast will bring interesting changes as we watch to see if this airmass crosses the border and affects our weather. Typically, air this cold will strengthen the jet stream and I would expect more active weather at some point. Again, no details yet, but this is a much different pattern than we have seen this winter up to this point. Stay tuned.
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