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Darren R. Clabo

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 09/22/2016 08:35)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

A cold front pushed through the state yesterday and reinforcing cold air moved into the region overnight last night. That has led to northeasterly winds across this state this morning with scattered showers and cloudy skies. Temperatures this morning are in the 50s and 60s with some 40 being reported over the Black Hills.

The cloudy skies are expected to continue today as more low- and mid-level moisture streams into the area. A few showers are also possible throughout the day but widespread rains are not expected... yet. High temperatures will be in the 60s across the state except for extreme southeastern SD where some 70s are likely. Winds will remain out of the east and northeast leading to upslope flow around the Black Hills and local fog across those areas of higher terrain. Minimum RHs will bottom out in the 60-70% range.

Yet another low pressure system and associated warm and cold front will move through the state tomorrow. East to southeast winds are expected in the morning across the state. Those winds will push warmer temperatures into the state and highs are expected to range from the upper 60s across northern SD to the upper 80s over southern SD. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible statewide throughout the day. Then tomorrow night a cold front will sweep into western SD leading to westerly winds there as the front moves through. More showers and thunderstorms are expected along the front overnight. Minimum RHs during the day Friday will drop into the 30-40% range over south-central SD with much higher minimum values elsewhere.


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