Snow, cold temperatures send out March
The area saw a short reprieve from cold with a high of 67 degrees Sunday, winter looks to finish the month of March with a blizzard watch affecting most of the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota.
The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls issued a blizzard watch Sunday, which is in effect from 1 p.m. today until 1 a.m. April 1 in Lyman, Jerauld, Sanborn, Brule, Aurora, Hanson, Miner, McCook, Buffalo and Davison counties.
Tripp county is in a winter storm warning.
Original forecasting called for 3 to 4 inches of snow, but that changed later Sunday afternoon.
Brad Adams, meteorologist with NWS, said the Mitchell area can expect 1 to 2 inches of snow, but not until early afternoon.
"The reason we shaved back the prediction is it's going to be a lot warmer," Adams said. "You're going to have rain before it changes to snow."
He said the rain will likely start in the early morning hours and last until about 2 p.m.
The snow will be heavier to the north and west toward Aberdeen and Mobridge.In the Chamberlain area, Adams said 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall starting around 6 or 7 a.m. Due to the wide open areas and 30 to 40 mph wind speeds expected, blizzard conditions could occur.
The storm system is coming out of the Central Plains and will move west to east across South Dakota, he added. Winds could gust up to 45 mph this afternoon and evening.
"Motorists need to be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions tomorrow afternoon," Adams said Sunday evening. "Be prepared for potential whiteout conditions north and west of Mitchell in the afternoon."