Storm Center Update- Monday PM, February 4th

Forecast

After we got rid of the freezing drizzle on the road ways this morning, we’ve had a sunny but windy and cold day. Most of KELOLAND has had afternoon temperatures in the single digits above and below zero, with gusty northwest winds averaging 15-25 mph. Anyone caught out in the open has felt the wind chill.

Tonight the north winds will die down as a snow system moves in from the northwest, bringing light snow across the region. Amounts will be very limited – in fact we expect only flurries in Sioux Falls and SE KELOLAND. Lows will be below zero across most of the area with that light north breeze.

Tomorrow won’t be as windy, but it won’t be much warmer either. We expect single digits in the north and teens in the south, with a gentle easterly breeze. Light snow will continue, with most places topping out at an inch or two, a little more along Highway 14 (Brookings) and Buffalo Ridge in SW Minnesota.

We have another shot at snow Wednesday into Thursday morning, and this one could bring us some higher amounts, a few inches possible. The snow will come along with a secondary shot of Arctic air, so we could have some breezy conditions causing blowing snow and possible travel problems. Temperatures will continue to drop. Thursday’s temperatures will remain below zero in most of KELOLAND.

The center of the cold air mass will come through on Friday, so Friday morning will be especially cold, in the teens or even 20s below zero. Sunny, dry air will be slow to warm, so central and eastern KELOLAND will have highs limited to the single digits above and below zero.

Saturday will be mostly sunny and slightly warmer, in the low to mid teens in the north to the low 20s in the south. Sunday will feature a low pressure system moving through Nebraska that may push some light snow our way, mainly in the SE corner of KELOLAND. Temperatures will again top out in the single digits to mid teens.

Another cold air mass will drop down out of Canada on Monday, so it will be sunny and cold. But as we’ve been saying, the long-term trend continues to look cold, with much-below normal temperatures likely through – at least – the third weekend of February.

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