Forecast: A Wet Start To The Weekend
From First Alert Weather Center Meteorologist Sam Gabrielli
Expect a gloomy end to the work week. High temperatures will be on either side of 50° this afternoon and some light rain will start to move in from the southwest and start to move northeast through the next 24 to 36 hours. The rain will be heaviest across southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota, picking up in intensity through the night tonight.
A Flood Watch is issued for multiple counties across southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota as some isolated spots may see up to 1-3" of rain accumulation. Ground temperatures at the moment are still relatively cool, so ponding on roadways and low lying areas is likely. Make sure you NEVER drive through a flooded roadway. The best chance for flooding rain will be across northwest Iowa, where widespread precipitation totals will amount to the 1.5-2.0" range.
We also are tracking the potential for some snow to mix in Saturday morning as low temperatures flirt with the freezing mark to open the weekend. The best chance for the snow will be across higher elevation portions of eastern South Dakota and southwest Minnesota where temperatures will generally be coolest.
The system will finally wrap up by Saturday evening, leaving us with a quiet end to the weekend. Ample sun and some passing clouds are on tap for us with temperatures thus warming well above average. Thermometer readings will easily reach the mid to upper 50s at that time. By far, the warmest days of the next 10 will be Monday and Tuesday with high temperatures reaching into the 60s.
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