Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 04/25/2017 14:15)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

Today's upper air analysis shows an upper level trough moving into the northern Great Plains. At the surface, an area of low pressure is found over southeastern WY leading to northeasterly winds across the state. Moderate snowfall rates are being reported over/around the Black Hills as the upper air system moves across the region. Temperatures this morning are in the 30s with some 20s over the higher elevations of the Black Hills.

Snow showers will continue over western SD throughout the day with the most snow falling in/around the Black Hills. Central and southern SD may see a few rain showers or a rain/snow mix through the day as well. High temperatures are expected to range from the upper 20s and lower 30s over western SD to the low 40s over the rest of the state. Northeast winds from 10-20 mph and gusts to 25 mph will continue through the evening.

Scattered rain and snow showers are expected over eastern SD tomorrow as the system moves into the Upper Midwest. The skies should clear to at least partly cloudy over central and western SD. High temperatures will remain cool with peak readings mainly in the 40s although some 30s are expected over the Coteau. Winds will be out of the north to northwest from 10-20 mph, strongest over the eastern third of the state.

Critical Fire Weather

No critical fire weather is expected.     

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Darren Clabo, SD State Fire Meteorologist: darren.clabo@sdsmt.edu

Laura Edwards, SD State Climatologist: laura.edwards@sdstate.edu

Jim Strain, SD Assistant Fire Chief: jim.strain@state.sd.us



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

darren.clabo@sdsmt.edu * (O) 605-394-1996 * (C) 605-381-9253 *