Skies have been mostly cloudy East River and partly sunny West River. Temperatures have been in the upper 30s in NE South Dakota, where a thick snowpack remains. In the south, temperatures have been in the upper 40s to low 60s. Rapid City has warmed into the low 60s.
Tonight a southerly breeze and partly cloudy skies will help hold temperatures at or above-freezing, which should continue the snowmelt in the north. Lows will be in the 30s to around 40. The south breeze will be a little stronger in SE KELOLAND, so Sioux Falls is likely to stay in the 40s overnight.
Tomorrow will be partly cloudy, and the warmest day we’ve had so far this year in Sioux Falls – in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees with a southwest breeze. Aberdeen and the northeast will get to about 50 degrees, which should accelerate the snowmelt. Western South Dakota will have a northerly breeze, so highs will be in the low 60s.
Clouds will come in for Thursday with a front dropping down from the north. Sioux Falls and eastern KELOLAND could see some rain showers, with highs in the 40s north to low 50s in the south. Western South Dakota will be in the 40s, and rain showers may mix with some light snow during the cold periods of the day.
Friday will be cloudy and colder. Rain will mix with snow in Sioux Falls and SE KELOLAND – though we’re only expecting a few tenths of an inch of rain, and snowfall amounts in Sioux Falls and Pierre will be under an inch. Rapid City and the western South Dakota may see a few inches of accumulating snow due to the colder air. Friday’s highs will only be in the low 40s across the area – a little colder where the snow falls in Rapid City.
Saturday will be clear to partly cloudy, with highs remaining below normal in the mid to upper 30s. Sunday will be sunny and warmer, in the mid 40s East River, and the low 50s in the west.
We could see some very light showers early next week, as we begin the month of April. Temperatures will be near or slightly above normal. Current indications are that we will warm well into the 50s for the first weekend of April.