Storm Center Update- Wednesday PM, February 6th

Mostly-light snow continues to fall across KELOLAND. Sioux Falls has only had a light dusting. Eureka, in northern South Dakota, is one of those isolated areas that has measured 9-1/2”. Snow continues to fall in Rapid City, which has already received 3”.


A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for much of KELOLAND tonight, when winds will increase in strength and snow will become more widespread. The Advisory continues tomorrow across most of the area, when snow will diminish but winds will cause significant blowing snow problems. There is also a Blizzard Warning posted for extreme east central and northeast South Dakota, including I-29 north of Sioux Falls, as well as southwest Minnesota.


Tonight we will have a breezy north wind at 15-25 mph. With the blowing snow, temperatures will bottom out a few degrees below zero.


Tomorrow we will have cloudy skies with snow ending from SW to NE… but strong winds continuing to cause visibility problems due to blowing snow. Northwest winds will be 20-35 mph in eastern KELOLAND. Afternoon highs will only be a few degrees above- and below-zero.


Very cold air will follow the snow. 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 probably remain below zero all day. Rapid City will be much warmer, in the teens.


Saturday will be mostly sunny and slightly warmer, in the single digits in the north to the teens to around 20 in the south. Sunday will be a little cooler, but a low pressure system moving through Nebraska will probably push some light snow our way.


There is another shot of snow coming our way late Monday into Tuesday, and it looks like another 2 to 4” type event. Highs will mostly be in the single digits, a little warmer in the southern parts of the area. Wednesday will be sunny and dry, with highs in the teens in most places.


As we have been saying, the long-term trend also continues to look cold, with much-below normal temperatures likely through – at least – President’s Day (February 18).

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