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Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 01/13/2017 08:42)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

This morning's upper air map shows weak ridging over the central Great Plains ahead of a deep trough located over the western CONUS. At the surface, an Arctic high pressure is centered over MN leading to southeasterly winds across the state. Skies are mostly clear west with some stratus east and even a few flurries are being seen across southeastern parts of the state. Temperatures are in the single digits either side of zero.

The snow showers should end by midday today across the eastern side of the state with partly cloudy skies expected there this afternoon. Western SD should stay under mostly clear skies. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than yesterday as highs are expected to be in the teens across the north and east with 20 across the southwest and 30s over the Black Hills. Southerly winds are expected with sustained winds from 10-20 mph over central and eastern SD while western SD will see speeds ranging from 5-10 mph.

Mostly clear skies are expected again tomorrow. Light westerly winds will become southerly over western SD during the afternoon. High temperatures will range from the mid teens over northern SD to the low 30s over southern SD.

Critical Fire Weather

No critical fire weather is expected.   

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Darren R. Clabo * State Fire Meteorologist/Instructor * Institute of Atmospheric Sciences

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology * 501 East Saint Joseph Street * Rapid City, SD 57701 * (O) 605-394-1996 * (C) 605-381-9253 *