Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 02/02/2018 08:54)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

Strong northwesterly flow is in place over the Dakotas this morning. In response, a 1035 mb high pressure system has moved into the region bringing plenty of cold air to ND, SD, and MN. Temperatures across the state range from the teens and 20s over southern and western SD with single digits elsewhere. Skies this morning are partly cloudy.

High temperatures today will be in the 30s and 40s over most of southern and western SD while northern and eastern SD will be in the lower 20s to lower 30s. This temperature difference will largely be driven by wind direction: across eastern SD westerly downsloping winds will be in place while eastern SD will see southerly winds. Skies will remain partly cloudy throughout the day.

Temperatures will generally reach the 30s and 40s tomorrow with some 20s across the northeast. Look for westerly to northwesterly winds. Later in the day, a strong cold front will move in from the north bringing north winds and much colder temperatures. Look for clouds and light snow along the front as it moves through the state. Areas around the Black Hills could see several inches of snow through Sunday.

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 *