Just about all of KELOLAND was below zero this morning. And with abundant cloud cover, we have had a tough time warming very much. Temperatures have generally been hovering in the single digits. There have also been some snow flurries or very light snow showers, but little in the way of accumulation except for the northern edge of South Dakota (Westport in Brown County got 3-1/2”).
Tonight we will have cloudy skies and more snow flurries (no accumulation). The cloud cover will keep us a little warmer than last night, with lows right around or just below zero.
Tomorrow we’ll have partly to mostly sunny skies. There will be a west or northwest breeze under 15 mph, and afternoon highs in the single digits to the low teens.
Wednesday night and Thursday morning there could be some light snow, mainly in the south, with amounts around an inch or less. We’ll be partly cloudy Thursday afternoon, with a light westerly breeze pushing our highs into the teens to low 20s.
Friday we’ll have widespread moderate snow, starting West River early in the morning and East River during the afternoon and evening. In general, we expect there will be a 2-4” band of snow across KELOLAND.
Saturday will be sunny, but we could have blowing snow issues because of brisk winds that may pick up the snow that falls on Friday. Otherwise we’ll start to feel the next shot of arctic air, with high temperatures that will only be a few degrees above zero.
We’ll have record or near record cold on Sunday and Monday. Skies will be clear, but morning temperatures both days will be in the teens below zero. Afternoon sunshine will be unable to warm us very much, with high temperatures a few above zero Sunday and Monday. In fact, NE South Dakota may not get above zero.
Temperatures will slowly climb out of the basement, slowly warming each day through the rest of the week. But what we’ve been saying for weeks still appears to be the case: Below or much-below normal temperatures are LIKELY through at least the second week of March – and maybe into the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.