Major Winter Storm Brings Ice, Snow to Sioux Empire This Weekend
The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for the counties of Murray, Pipestone, Rock, Moody, Minnehaha, Turner, and Lincoln. The watch is from late Friday night through late Sunday night.
We can expect wintry mix with heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches and ice accumulations of one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
The Sioux Falls National Weather Service is saying travel could be very difficult to impossible. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Light to moderate amounts of ice accumulation will be possible in many areas this weekend. Average amounts of a tenth or two-tenths of an inch are possible, which is likely to produce slick roadways and sidewalks.
Plan and preparation for the weekend winter storm should be completed during the quiet weather today.
Here is the Sioux Falls area weekend weather forecast from the National Weather Service.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Snow after 9 pm, mixing with sleet after 5 am. Low around 27. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around 2 inches.
Saturday: Rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 4 pm, then sleet, possibly mixed with snow and freezing rain between 4 pm and 5 pm, then rain after 5 pm. High near 35. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday Night: Snow, possibly mixed with rain before 2 am, then snow likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Low around 25. North northeast wind around 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.
Sunday: Snow likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain, becoming all snow after 3 pm. Patchy blowing snow between 9 am and 5 pm. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 23 by 5 pm. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.
Sunday Night: Snow likely. Patchy blowing snow after 9 pm. Cloudy, with a low around 18. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.
Monday: A chance of snow before noon. Patchy blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Blustery. The chance of precipitation is 40%.