Winter is not going to give up that easy. A March winter storm is forecast to impact much of the state this weekend bring significant amounts of snow and strong winds. Already the National Weather Service has placed almost every county in the state under Winter Storm Watches. For the latest information about the active weather alerts, please check out our Weather Alerts.
Looking at this weekend... a powerful low pressure system will move into the region by Friday night and into Saturday. This will spread a mix bag of wintry precipitation before changing over to all snow. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day on Saturday before moving out of the state by Sunday. The western and southern half of the state will see the snow come to an end sooner then those in the northeast.
Besides heavy snows, strong winds will be pulled behind the system with gust at times ranging from 35 to 45mph. This will create areas of blowing snow and reduce visibilities for motorist.
When it is all said and done, forecast snowfall amounts look to the highest across northeast, South Dakota and into north-central, South Dakota. Lesser amounts are forecast for extreme southeast and southwest, South Dakota.