Sioux Falls, SD

According to the NWS, 2023 could begin with the possibility of blizzard conditions and up to a foot of snow.


The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a winter storm warning for Minnehaha County and the adjacent areas from Monday afternoon through Tuesday night as a "significant winter storm" rolls across the region.

The warning warns that the system, which is anticipated to bring the region of Sioux Falls the most snowfall this season, could result in total snow accumulations of 5 to 14 inches. Locally, accumulations might be heavier, and there might be up to a quarter inch of ice in the region.

Although gusts of wind up to 40 mph were predicted for the region, they were already climbing higher in the belligerent states early on Sunday morning.

"Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice and/or heavy snow," the warning states. "Travel could be nearly impossible. Falling and blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute."

A severe snowfall of 1-2 inches per hour is predicted in some regions from Monday night into Tuesday morning, according to the advisory.

"Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions may develop," the warring states. "Small fluctuations in storm track are still possible, which could impact the forecast precipitation type and amounts."

Four winter storms have passed across the region in about the same amount of time, two of which brought blizzard-like conditions. According to the NWS, Sioux Falls received 19.4 inches of snow overall in December, making it the sixth snowiest December on record.

From noon on Monday until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the winter storm warning is anticipated to be in effect.

Here is a more detailed explanation of the winter system's timing:

The storm is anticipated to have an impact on your Monday and Tuesday morning and evening commutes, according to the NWS watch.

According to the NWS website, snowfall will begin around 6 a.m. and continue until noon in the Sioux Falls region before changing to a wintery mix.

The NWS predicts that the wintery mix of snow and freezing rain will continue through 3 p.m. before changing back to snow from midnight through 9 p.m. Tuesday. The NWS predicts that the heaviest snow will fall between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The NWS reports that while the first half of the first week of 2023 appears to be spent recovering from the storm, the remainder of the week appears to be clear. Here is a forecast with further specifics:

Mostly cloudy with a high of about 17. 10 to 15 mph north wind, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Low of around 2 and partly overcast.

Thursday: A high approaching 16 with mostly sunny skies.

Thursday night: A low of seven and partly overcast skies.

High near 25 on Friday, with some sunshine.

Mostly overcast, with a low of 16 on Friday night.

Mostly overcast on Saturday with a high around 25.

Mostly overcast with a low of 15 on Saturday night.

Source: Argus leader News,

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