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The latest winter storm flexed its first muscle overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. A band of heavy to moderate snow made its way up from Wyoming and Nebraska into areas in the Black Hills and through the Missouri River Valley early on Wednesday morning. Spots near Rapid City picked up closed to 6 inches of snow and Rapid City set another daily record.
The first batch brought a couple of nice totals to areas near Pierre and to the north. Hayes and Agar reported 4.0” of snow with this first blast while Pierre came in with 2.7” and Aberdeen measured an inch.

The bulk of this winter storm looks to make its way through the southeast overnight Wednesday into Thursday. A surge of moisture from the south will be into the area by the evening hours and we could see it start as a wintry mix for those to the southeast into Iowa and into Minnesota. The models have brought this storm a little farther south meaning that the heaviest bands of snow look to be from Chamberlain to Ortonville and south into areas like Brookings and even possibly Sioux Falls. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect from 7pm Wednesday night until 1am Friday morning for the southeastern portions of the viewing area in the purple. Those in the pink are under a Winter Storm Warning until 7am on Thursday morning.

Below are a couple of forecasts from the Weather Prediction Center. The first shows the possibility of 4 inches of snow or great for the 48 hours period ending 6am on Friday morning. It puts Sioux Falls and areas to the north near Watertown and Brookings in a 90% chance to see at least 4 inches of snow. The second shows the likelihood of 8 inches or more of snowfall over the same time period.

Here our current forecast for the winter storm. The heaviest of snow looks to stay in southwest and south central South Dakota. 4-8 inches is expected for Sioux Falls and areas northward towards Brookings and Marshall. Some spots could see some locally heavier amounts due to stronger snow bands that set up during the storm.

We will continue to have updates on this winter storm so stay tuned to KDLT and the KDLT Facebook page.
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