Storm Center Update- Friday PM, April 5th


The morning fog finally dissipated, but skies continued to be partly to mostly cloudy. But temperatures have been much above-normal, in the 50s and 60s despite the cloud cover.  South central South Dakota reached the low 70s.

Tonight will be foggy in much of KELOLAND, due to very mild temperatures in the 40s to around 50 degrees. Sioux Falls and SE KELOLAND has the potential for thundershowers overnight, while the rest of the area could have some light rainfall.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy across KELOLAND, with a light southerly breeze turning to the NE. Temperatures will be very mild, in the mid to upper 60s – more than ten degrees above-normal. Rain will redevelop during the afternoon through nighttime hours, and the southern half of the area might even get some thundershowers. Rainfall amounts should remain under an inch.

On Sunday, rain showers should be numerous in central and eastern KELOLAND during the morning before ending with cloud cover diminishing Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will remain warm, in the low to mid 60s, along with a northwesterly breeze.

Monday will be dry and mild, with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. We’ll be dry in the east, and starting to cool on Tuesday. Highs will be in the upper 50s to around 60. Rain will begin in southwestern and south central South Dakota on the leading edge of an incoming storm system.

A big, wet storm system will affect parts of the Midwest on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. The track has shifted a big to the south in today’s forecast model runs, but the current track would still put the potential for heavy rain or heavy snow in the southern part of KELOLAND. The track will probably continue to move to the north or south in the next few days as the data gets better with time. We would expect to have breezy or strong winds along with the system in KELOLAND, and temperatures are highly likely to cool down as colder air gets wrapped into the sytem. Highs are expected to be in the upper 40s to mid 50s on Wednesday with rain changing to snow, and highs will be in the 30s on Thursday with the snow. Stay tuned to the latest forecast if you have travel plans on those days.

The storm should push away on Friday, but temperatures will be slow to warm. In fact, temperatures look like they will remain below normal for the first half of April.

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