A strong March winter storm is still on track to impact the state this weekend.
The National Weather Service has placed northern, south-central, central and east-central parts of the state under a Winter Storm Warning. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for southwest, South Dakota as lesser snow amounts are forecast. Winter Storm Watches remain in effect for southwest, South Dakota to include Sioux Falls and Yankton as the area will be the battle ground between snow and freezing rain. For the latest on the current weather alerts, please visit our Weather Alerts page.
The storm system will start spreading precipitation into western, South Dakota this afternoon and continue to spread north and east by tonight. At around midnight tonight, widespread snows are expected across the west with a mix bag of snow, wintry mix and freezing rain will be possible across the southwest.
By Saturday morning, snows will move into the northern, South Dakota where wintry mix will be possible across the southwest. All the precipitation across southeast, South Dakota is expected to change over to snow by noon on Saturday and continue into the afternoon hours. The west will start to see a decrease in snows.
By Saturday night into Sunday morning, the snows would have moved into Minnesota.
Strong winds behind the storm system are forecast to increase by Saturday afternoon and continue into Saturday night and the first part of Sunday morning. Some wind gust up to 40mph cannot be ruled out which can create hazardous traveling conditions.
Snowfall amounts look to the highest across northeast, South Dakota where Brookings, Watertown, Sisseton and Milbank can see 8 to 11 inches of snow. Lesser amounts of 6 to 9 inches will be possible from Mobridge to Aberdeen and down towards Huron and Miller.
Out towards the west, the northern end of the state will see the highest amounts with Buffalo and Faith forecast to see 4 to 7 inches. The southern half towards Martin, Pine Ridge and Custer may see 2 to 4 inches by Saturday night.