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While some areas in our region have yet to see any precipitation, others have picked up quite a bit in a short amount of time. Sunday night, freezing rain and light snow developed across parts of the north and east before tracking eastward into portions of Minnesota and North Dakota. Several accidents were reported across the eastern portion of South Dakota as well as SW Minnesota. Keep in mind that Winter Storm Warnings are in effect across much of Minnesota, North Dakota, and a small portion of NE South Dakota through mid-day Tuesday when this is finally expected to move out of our region. If you are traveling in these regions, be sure to stay updated on travel conditions and be prepared to plan an alternate route.

On top of the Winter Storm Warnings, several of our counties have been put under Winter Weather Advisories across much of the north and east. Just recently, the National Weather Service allowed some of these counties to be dropped, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more are dropped before this advisory is allowed to expire Tuesday. Be sure to keep it on KDLT for any updates.

Wind Advisories are also in effect for portions of the south and west as this system continues to push off to the east. As we go into the afternoon hours Monday and through the morning hours Tuesday, winds are forecast to pick up to 25 to 35 mph, and even gusting as strong as 45 mph in some places. Although some of these areas are not expected to pick up quite as much snow as some, keep in mind that slick roadways coupled with strong winds can make for a nasty combo even when snow isn’t blowing around as much. Be sure to give yourself some extra time if you’re trying to get somewhere over the next couple of days.

Although much of our region is not seeing quite as much as we could have, don’t forget that this storm is not quite over. Monday morning, an impressive band of snowfall extending from around I-90 to the North Dakota border moved from west to east around the Missouri River clear across the James River Valley dumping some impressive snow totals in just a short amount of time. By the time the narrow band had moved through, we had already received reports of 3 inches in Mound City along with 2 inches in Pollock—both located in Campbell County near Mobridge. Here’s a screen capture of our radar taken around 8:30 AM Monday morning as the band moved across the James River Valley. Also, we have added a few Safe Travel USA pictures of road conditions in these areas, just to show that even a small amount of snowfall can really make things treacherous out there.

As we go into the afternoon hours and Monday evening, expect to find lighter amounts of scattered snow showers mixed with some rain. Notice that both GFS and NAM are agreeing on an area of dry air during the day Monday before more wrap-around moisture crosses through our region Monday night before exiting our region Tuesday morning.





Here’s one last look at what our Futurecast is predicting when it comes to snow totals through the middle of the week. Notice the majority of this snow is now expected to miss a large chunk of our region, but keep in mind that this is only pointing out snowfall and there may be even more freezing rain accumulation in other places.

For those who don’t like the snow accumulation to stick around, a good bit of this will likely melt as we go into the middle part of the week as temperatures are forecast to warm back into the mid-upper 30s and even lower 40s in some areas. However, we are watching another system that may be approaching our region over the weekend bringing another shot of some wintry precipitation.

Until then, be sure to keep it tuned to KDLT and KDLT.com for the most up-to-date information on these winter weather conditions.
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