According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, a “major winter storm” will be moving across the area from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening, placing Minnehaha County and the surrounding areas under a winter storm warning.
The warning warns that the system could bring total snow accumulations of 5 to 14 inches, which would be the highest snowfall the Sioux Falls area has received so far this season. Locally, accumulations may be higher, and the region may have ice accumulations of between one-tenth and one-quarter of an inch.
According to the warning, wind gusts in the area are predicted to reach up to 40 mph, but as of early Sunday morning, they were heading higher.
The warning reads, “Ice and/or heavy snow are expected to cause power outages and tree damage.” “Travel may be all but impossible. Visibility could be substantially lowered by snow that is falling and blowing. The morning or evening commute could be impacted by the dangerous circumstances.”
A severe snowfall of 1-2 inches per hour is predicted in some regions from Monday night into Tuesday morning, according to the advisory.
The warning reads, “Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions may develop.” “Small changes in the storm track are still conceivable, which may have an effect on the anticipated types and amounts of precipitation.”
Four winter storms have passed across the region in about the same amount of time, two of which brought blizzard-like conditions. According to the NWS, Sioux Falls received 19.4 inches of snow overall in December, making it the sixth snowiest December on record.
The duration of the winter storm warning is anticipated to be from noon on Monday through 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
When will it start snowing?
The storm is anticipated to have an impact on your Monday and Tuesday morning and evening commutes, according to the NWS watch.
According to the NWS website, snowfall will begin at 6 a.m. and continue until noon in the Sioux Falls region before changing to a wintery mix.
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The NWS predicts that the wintery mix of snow and freezing rain will continue through 3 p.m. before changing back to snow from midnight through 9 p.m. Tuesday. The NWS predicts that the heaviest snow will fall between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Wednesday: A high of about 17 with some sunshine. 10 to 15 mph north wind, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday night: A low of around 2 and partly overcast skies.
Thursday: A high approaching 16 with mostly sunny skies.
Thursday night: A low of seven and partly overcast skies.
High near 25 on Friday, with some sunshine.
Mostly overcast, with a low of 16 on Friday night.
Mostly overcast on Saturday with a high around 25.
Mostly overcast with a low of 15 on Saturday night.
Sunday: A high of about 25 with some sunshine.