Storm Center Update – Friday PM March 24


Thunderstorms came and went early today, with most places south of I-90 in SE KELOLAND getting at least some rain. Sioux Falls only got .06”, but Yankton, Worthington MN, and Spencer IA all got about a third of an inch. The band of heaviest rainfall, 1 to 2”, was from about Vermillion to Sioux Center IA. Alcester SD reported 2.25”. Sheldon IA reported 1.23”, Akron IA 1.53”, and Hawarden IA 1.61”.

Skies have been cloudy in Sioux Falls and SE KELOLAND, while sunshine dominated western and northern KELOLAND. A north breeze held down temperatures, which were mostly in the 40s East River, to the 50s West River.

Tonight those lingering stubborn clouds may still put down some light rain showers in Sioux Falls and SE KELOLAND. Aberdeen may see some more fog. Skies should be clear in the central and west. Overnight lows will be in the 20s to mid 30s.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will still be mostly cloudy in SE KELOLAND in the morning, but skies should become partly cloudy during the afternoon. Except for that area of lingering clouds, skies should be sunny for the remainder of KELOLAND. It will also be warmer, with highs in the 50s East River to the 60s in the west. Winds should not be a factor, with an easterly breeze under 15 mph.

Sunday looks to be a gray day across KELOLAND, and slightly cooler with a northerly breeze and highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s. There could be some light rain showers in western SD.

We should warm a bit next week, to temperatures that are slightly above-normal in the 50s. But the skies also look a bit unsettled, with abundant clouds most days through the end of March. We also have what looks like another organized system of rainfall coming in for Wednesday, with temperatures remaining in the 50s through the end of the week and the first weekend of April.

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