Storm Center Update – Monday PM May 6

Forecast

A broad area of cloud cover is now moving west to east across KELOLAND. With those clouds we’ve seen some rain showers, mostly north of I-90. Rain amounts have been meager, a couple of tenths of an inch. Faith received locally almost a half inch. Temperatures under the clouds have been much below-normal, in the 40s and 50s East River. Rapid City has been in the fog with afternoon temperatures in the 30s.

Skies will be partly cloudy tonight, and that will have a huge impact on temperatures. Where we have clouds, temperatures will remain in the 40s. Areas where there are breaks in the clouds, especially in northern South Dakota, could drop in to the 30s with a light NE breeze. We’ll keep an eye on that because of a frost threat if we cool enough. Rapid City will keep fog overnight, and Pierre could have some light showers.

Tomorrow will be cloudy with another good chance of rain showers. Amounts look only to be light East River – one or two tenths of an inch – but they could be heavier west River. Rapid City could see an inch of snow mixed in with the rain. High temperatures will only be in the mid 50s East River, and cooler in the west thanks to an easterly breeze.

Wednesday looks rainy and colder. Temperatures will only be in the 40s to low 50s across KELOLAND, more than twenty degrees below normal. NE winds will be brisk, especially in Sioux Falls and the southeast. Rainfall amounts could be around an inch along and south of I-90. Rapid City may get an inch of snow mixed in with the rainfall.

Rain could continue into Thursday morning in southern KELOLAND, with morning temperatures dipping into the 30s. If you’re travelling, heavier rains are expected in KS, eastern NE, and Iowa.Thursday’s highs will recover into the 50s.

Skies should be mostly sunny on Friday, and we will warm to the upper 50s to low 60s.

The weekend will warm to near-normal readings for Mother’s Day weekend. Saturday’s highs will be in the mid 60s, with a chance of light rain. Sunday looks dry, with temperatures in the mid 60s East River to the upper 60s West River.

Sharply warmer air looks like it will be coming in next week, starting on Monday when much of KELOLAND should be around 70 degrees. Temperatures should be near or above-normal through the workweek – finally.

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