A Winter Storm is likely to affect Thanksgiving week travel around the Sioux Falls Tri-state area.

NWS Sioux Falls

According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, an impactful winter storm will bring the first significant snowfall across the region on Tuesday morning through early Wednesday.

Moderate to heavy snow is expected at times, especially late Tuesday afternoon and evening. Strong northwest winds gusting to 35 to 45 mph will cause difficult to impossible travel, impacting the evening commute with reduced visibility, areas of blowing/drifting snow, and slick roads.

NWS Sioux Falls

Some preliminary snowfall totals through Wednesday include:

  • Sioux Falls 5 – 9''
  • Brookings 4 – 9''
  • Mitchell 5 – 10''
  • Vermillion 6 – 9''
  • Pipestone 5 -9''
  • Worthington 5 - 8''
  • Yankton 6 – 10''
  • Sioux City 5 – 9''
NWS Sioux Falls

Here is the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls

Today: Sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight.

Tuesday: Snow, mainly after 3 pm. Patchy blowing snow after 3 pm. High near 34. Breezy, with a northeast wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Tuesday Night: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow. Low around 24. Windy, with a north northwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 6 inches.

Wednesday: Patchy blowing snow before 8 am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 31. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 15. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Thanksgiving Day: A chance of snow before 5 pm, then a chance of snow and freezing rain. Cloudy, with a high near 31. The chance of precipitation is 50%.

If you have pre-Thanksgiving travel, plan ahead and be sure you have a winter weather kit in your car. The exact details on the amounts and heaviest snowfall locations are likely to change, so please keep monitoring the latest forecasts.


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