Storm Center Update- Thursday PM, March 29th


We still have a broad area of low clouds and light snow flurries moving through western and central KELOLAND, moving SE into Nebraska. Skies are partly sunny in eastern KELOLAND. Temperatures are much-below normal, in the 30s, with a north breeze keeping things cool.

Tonight clouds will continue to stream in from the northwest. Light snow (up to an inch) will be possible in Aberdeen and the northern tier of counties. With winds becoming light and westerly, overnight temperatures will drop to the low to mid 20s.

Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy tomorrow. It will be a little warmer, in the mid to upper 40s East River, to the mid 50s in the west. Rain or snow showers will be possible, later in the day for most of us. In any event, they should be light – with the possible exception of NE South Dakota, which might get clipped by a strong winter storms that will move through eastern North Dakota into northern Minnesota. A strong cold front will drop down through KELOLAND Friday night, which will cause strong winds to blow during the nighttime hours.

On the back side of the cold front, the Eastern weekend is looking chilly – about 20 degrees colder than normal. But we have removed precipitation from the forecast for northern South Dakota, with Sioux Falls having a chance only during the morning hours of Saturday. By Saturday afternoon, skies should be mostly sunny, but it will be windy (North winds 15-30 mph) and cold, with highs only in the low 20s in Aberdeen and north South Dakota to around 30 in the south.

Skies should be mostly sunny East River for Easter Sunday. It will be especially cold Sunday morning – in the single digits in the north to teens in the south. Temperatures will only rise to the upper 30s to low 40s Sunday afternoon.

Below normal temperatures will hang on throughout next week as well. Highs will mostly be in the 40s next week. It looks like a moderately strong rain/snow system will come through KELOLAND Monday and Tuesday, along with brisk winds. We expect sunshine to increase on Wednesday and Thursday in all but western South Dakota – although there are some model differences about our chances for precipitation in eastern KELOLAND in the middle of the week.

One other note: Both the American and European forecast models keep our temperatures below normal for the first half of April. Even though the calendar will change, it appears our weather will not. Indications are that Spring will be a late arrival this year.

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