KSFY Severe Weather Team Forecast
Another Snowy Weekend
2/22/2019 | From KSFY Television Meteorologist Shawn CableIt is going to be another snowy weekend. Two systems will bring snow to different parts of our region over the next couple of days. The first will impact areas along and west of the James River today into tonight. The second system will move across Iowa and Minnesota tomorrow. By Saturday night and Sunday, the wind will return and that will create problems with blowing snow.
The first system will impact much of Central and Northeastern South Dakota today and tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for locations along and west of the James River through tonight for 2 to 5 inches of snow. Light freezing drizzle could mix with the snow at times creating a light glaze on roads and surfaces. Snow will end this evening. Wind will not be an issue today or tonight.
In Sioux Falls (which is located right smack between these two systems) light snow is likely this afternoon with areas of heavier snow mixed with freezing drizzle possible tonight into tomorrow morning. As the second system moves north across Iowa, the Sioux Falls area will get more snow Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. As of right now, I think Sioux Falls will end up with somewhere around 2 to 4 inches of snow with the majority of that falling tonight and tomorrow. If the Saturday storm tracks even a little further west than expected, we could get more.
The second, more powerful system will move across Iowa and into South Central and Southeastern Minnesota Saturday afternoon, Saturday night into Sunday. This system will just barely clip Sioux Falls and Southeastern South Dakota with an inch or two of snow. Snowfall amounts will be a bit heavier - around 2 to 4 inches - across northwestern Iowa and southern Minnesota.
The big story with the second system will be the wind. By Saturday night and through the day Sunday strong northwesterly wind gusts from 30 to 40 mph (even as high as 50 mph in places) will create areas of blowing snow. Blowing snow could create whiteout blizzard conditions at times. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa effective Late Saturday night through Sunday.
Wind will decrease and travel conditions will improve late Sunday. More cold and more light snow is in the forecast for early next week.