Archive for March 2009

3-31-2009 Aft Weather Update

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 3:48 pm
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The snow continues to fall across eastern South Dakota.  This storm system that took so long to get here, is now going to take its time leaving.  One of the many stories with this snow is the extremely sharp cutoff of the heavy snow.  Sioux Falls has managed to stay warm enough to support mostly rain with just a little wet snow mixing in while just a few miles down the road in Salem they are measuring their snow in feet.  The heavy snow expands across almost all of SD, except for the far east and southeast.  For tonight we expect this system to gradually move out and lose strength.  That will bring the snow to an end across most of the area, however we will likely still be seeing snow in some areas by tomorrow morning.  Winds will also stay strong in the east creating hazardous driving conditions.  In central and western South Dakota the weather will continue to calm as the digging out begins. 
Into the rest of the week we will get a couple of calm but cold days in Wednesday and Thursday.  However, by the weekend we are again spying a weather maker that could be significant for much of KELOLAND.  Stay tuned as we track this next storm.

Morning Update via Radio! (video)

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 8:45 am
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Brian Karstens and I (Tony) ran across the street from KELO to the Backyard Radio Building to give them an update… here is the video from our trip… it was recorded about 7:30 am for KTWB.  Stay tuned!

3-31-2009 Morning Update

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 5:03 am
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Blizzard conditions continue across most of eastern South Dakota.  The one exception at this point is far SE SD where we continue to see rain showers.  We are expecting a changeover to snow in the SE, but because of the rain snow totals should stay under 4 inches for Sioux Falls.  The snow will stay heavy and will certainly blow around across much of eastern South Dakota through the day today, with blizzard warnings taking us into the evening tonight.  Snow totals of 6-12+ inches remain likely before the system pulls out late tonight or early tomorrow.  In the west the heaviest snow has fallen but winds will remain a little strong with some blowing snow possible.  Tonight the snow will start to wrap up in the east but we will likely see some snow showers even into Wednesday in NE SD.  If you must travel today take it slow and plan ahead.  We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date at KELOLAND.com and KELOLAND-TV.

3-30-2009 Afternoon Update

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm
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UPDATE: Snow is still expected across KELOLAND, but the system is moving a little slower than forecasted.  Here is the latest:
Snow will continue to move west to east during the evening and overnight to allow central and northeast KELOLAND to be under a new blanket of white by tomorrow morning.  Expect rain showers to develop in southeast KELOLAND tonight with a switch to snow during tomorrow’s commute to work.  With much of the precipitation falling in the form of rain in southeast KELOLAND, expect snow amounts to be far less.  The highest amounts will be west and north of Sioux Falls with a widespread area of 6-12”, Sioux Falls itself will get about 3”.  Amounts in the Hills will be heavier with 20-30” possible.  Of course, winds will continue strong tonight and tomorrow allowing for whiteout conditions at times. 
 Light snow may linger in northeast KELOLAND Wednesday, but dry skies are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.  Our below average highs will continue through the week with another round of snow possible for the weekend.

Winter Storm Update…

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009 at 9:03 am
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A major winter storm is heading into KELOLAND today.  Heavy snow is leading to road and interstate closings in western SD and the impacts from this storm are only just beginning.Heavy snow will be expanding through the morning and afternoon across the north around Aberdeen and also through Pierre and Rapid City.  Sioux Falls and the southeast will be mainly dry until late afternoon when light showers will develop.Look for very strong winds to develop behind the area of low pressure as it tracks across Nebraska.  That storm track will push into NW IA by tomorrow morning.  The heaviest snow will fall to the left of the storm track.On Futurescan, look for the storm to slowly advance east during the afternoon today.  Temperatures will be warm enough during the day for showers in the southeast.By late evening, a rain/snow mix is expected in the southeast with snowfall rates of 1-2" per hour in some areas west of Sioux Falls…creating blizzard condtions.By tomorrow morning, the transition to snow will be complete and very strong winds from the north will create widespread blowing and drifting.Heavy snowfall totals will be widespread across most areas of KELOLAND…except NW IA and parts of SW Minnesota.  20-30" is not out of the question in the northern Black Hills.  Aberdeen, Pierre, and Rapid City are currently in the 6-12" range.  Watertown, Mitchell, Huron, and Brookings could all see 8-12"…with locally higher amounts likely.Snowfall amounts in Sioux Falls will really depend on how fast this transitions from rain to snow.  As of 9am, the latest data would suggest up to 9" in the city.  However, because we are so close to the transition line, we holding back on the totals closer to 4-7".  Again, NW IA will drop into the 1-3" range.We’ll have more on the developing storm through the day right here at KELOLAND.com and on KELOLAND TV.-Meteorologist Brian Karstens

3-29-2009 Aft. Update (Video)

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm
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We are watching a powerful winter storm develop now over the Rockies it is expected to affect KELOLAND from late tonight thru Tuesday.  We’ve had a few scattered showers out there through the day today.  Those are the very leading edge of our next system and not necessarily tied into the system itself.  Scattered rain showers will develop in the west tonight and changeover to snow through the overnight.  The heaviest snows tonight are expected in western SD.  With snow advancing into NE and Central SD late tonight and early tomorrow.  For tomorrow snow will be heavy at time especially across the northern half of SD, in the southern portions of the state we may see some cold rain mixing in with the snow at times limiting snowfall totals initially.  For the SE the rain will move in after the morning hours and stick with us into the evening before it changes over to snow.  The snow will be heaviest in SE KELOLAND late Monday night into Tuesday morning.  In the SE there will be a sharp cutoff between heavy snow and just plain rain.  Right now the heaviest snows will line up just off to the NW of the Sioux Falls area. With more rain expected into NW Iowa.  It is worth mentioning though that at this point if the low were to move 60 miles north or south that band of heaviest snow will move with it.  In the west the snow will start wrapping up late Monday and early Tuesday.  The storm will linger over eastern KELOLAND on Tuesday with more snowfall into the afternoon.  Right now snow totals will range from 4-8 inches in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City.  To 5-10+ inches in the Aberdeen area.  There will be isolated pockets where totals could climb over a foot and the potential is there for us to see well over a foot of snow in some isolated areas. 
The other problem with this system will again be the wind which will gust up to 45 to 50 miles per hour at times with the snow.  This will of course reduce visibilities and make travel extremely difficult. 
The rest of the week remains cool with a few more chances of snow late week.  Stay tuned to KELOLAND.com and KELOLAND-TV for the latest on this potent winter storm.

3-29-2009 Morn. Wx Update

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 6:02 am
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**Check back for a video blog later today… I will put something together after I look over some of the latest information this afternoon**

We are still watching a sizeable storm system for late today thru Tuesday.  Blizzard warnings have now been posted across parts of the state.  The combination of heavy snow and strong winds will reduce visibilities at times for much of the state.  Snow totals will range from 6-10 inches across much of northern SD, with isolated pockets of 8-12 inches of snow.  SE SD will look for heavy snow as well Monday night into Tuesday as far as totals in the SE it will really depend on how quickly we see a changeover from rain to snow.  The quicker the changeover the more snow we will see.  Either way 6 inches or more seems pretty likely at this point.  The snow will continue into Tuesday for Central and eastern South Dakota.  Through the day Tuesday the storm should start to weaken as it slowly moves out of the area.  Winds should stay fairly strong across western SD into the day on Tuesday, but are expected to weaken fairly rapidly from W to E late Tuesday into Wednesday.  
 
After this storm our pattern stays active and cool through the week.  Stay tuned to KELOLAND.com and KELOLAND-TV for the latest.

3-28-2009 Afternoon Wx Update (Video)

Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm
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All things considered we ended up with a pretty decent Saturday.  It was dry and we had sunshine for most of the day.  Sunday will start quiet as well however by the afternoon we will start to see a storm system move into western SD.  The precipitation will likely start as rain in the west before transitioning to snow for the evening and overnight.  The system will then work its way across the state from W to E.  At this point some of the heaviest accumulations look to happen in western and eastern KELOLAND.  As this is when the storm has the most moisture.  Central SD will still see accumulating snow fall likely in the 5-9 inch range but in the west and east more snow could fall in isolated areas.  We still have another 24 hours before this system really gets going so there is time for the models to change but 6-12 inches seems pretty likely across a large portion of the area.  One of the latest models displayed a major dump of snow on SE KELOLAND.  That was the only model run that showed it so we will hope it was a fluke, but if it isn’t the snow could be heavy in the SE as well.  Continueing with the timeline the system will bring precipitation into the east on Monday.  In the SE there could be a period of rain before the colder air moves in and we see snowfall.  The heaviest snow will in the east will happen late Monday into Tuesday morning with lingering snow showers for just the east on Tuesday.  Winds will also be very strong in central and western South Dakota creating blizzard conditions for a large portion of the state.  After the snow wraps up late Tuesday our week will stay active with slight chances of snow and cold temperatures for most of the week.  A warm up is in the cards but not likely until around April 7th or 8th. 
 
Stay tuned to KELOLAND.com and KELOLAND-TV for the latest.

3-28-2009 Storm Update

Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 5:12 am
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Thankfully, it looks like our weekend will be pretty quiet with slightly warmer temperatures.  However, iby late Sunday another storm system will cross the Rockies and head into KELOLAND.  Rain will start in the west and then changeover to snow late Sunday, again parts of western South Dakota could see significant snowfall especially in the northern Hills.  As the storm system heads east 6-12 inch snowfall amounts will be possible across the northern half of the state.  The snow will fall heaviest late Sunday night through the day on Monday with light snow showers lingering on Tuesday.  For the southern half of the state, snow will also be likely but amounts may be somewhat limited in some areas because some rain may mix in with the snow early on.  Along with the snow the wind will again pick up which has prompted Blizzard Watches across a large portion of the state.  The wind will stay strong Monday night into Tuesday with blowing snow likely.  By Wednesday things should be calming down though our pattern stays active right into next weekend. 

3-24-2009 Morning Update

Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 5:58 am
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Blizzard like conditions continue in western South Dakota.  Snow totals coming in this morning range from 8-24 inches and winds overnight were gusting as high as 80 miles per hour.  Those types of conditions will continue through much of the day today in western South Dakota.  In central South Dakota the rain of this morning will change over to snow.  We will look for 2-5 inches of snow with blowing snow likely with blizzard conditions expected.  By late today rain showers will push back into the SE with rain changing over to snow in the NE.  Finally by late tonight the storm will exit the area and our weather will start to relax.
 
We are still watching at least a chance of more snow for the end of the week from Thursday thru Saturday.  The system has been trending south so we will hope for a near miss!
 
Roads are closed in the west and travel will become difficult into central South Dakota as the snow and blowing snow moves through.