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We all knew it had to come to an end, but boy it is so hard to say goodbye! The changes are already underway ahead of our next weather maker and boy is it going to be a doozy. Temperatures have begun to fall in northern South Dakota with the low 30s out there, but as we move into the overnight those will become 20s, with the low to mid 30s for those who are south of highway 14. Snow will begin in southern South Dakota during the early morning hours and really pick up as we move into the afternoon.
The heaviest of snow will move in for southeastern South Dakota by the mid-afternoon after potentially mixing with a little bit of rain to start off. The farther southeast you get, the better the chance that we will have rain to begin with. As we move into the late afternoon and evening, heavier bands of snow will push in and that is when the real problems are expected to begin. On top of all the snow, we will have some very strong northeast winds at 30 to possibly 40 mph causing blowing and drifting snow.
Snow will last through the middle of Friday before wrapping up, but the winds will still be strong. Blizzard conditions are likely through the day on Friday, and a Blizzard Watch is out until 6am on Saturday morning for the Sioux Empire. Winds gusts of 35 to 50 mph will keep visibility really low. The snow wont melt fast either, because the weekend looks to stay below 32 degree for many of us.