NWS: Damaging winds, tornadoes possible Tuesday, Thursday as storm systems to hit eastern South Dakota

Severe weather is possible on Tuesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Severe weather is possible on Tuesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 19, 2022.
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MITCHELL — Residents of eastern South Dakota are under a hazardous weather outlook this week, as potentially severe storms are set to hit the region once again.

Though not predicted to be as devastating as last week's derecho, two approaching systems could bring damaging winds and hail on Tuesday and tornadoes on Thursday.

Tuesday's forecast

In a tweet Monday, the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls cautioned that a portion of southeastern South Dakota was at marginal risk Tuesday of strong storms in the area. Forecasters predict after a risk of morning storms, stronger storms are possible in the afternoon.

From roughly 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, isolated, scattered thunderstorms could bring damaging wind and large hail to the area. A hazardous weather outlook for the area notes a brief tornado could be possible.

Thursday's forecast

Stronger, more widespread storms are expected Thursday evening, prompting the National Weather Service to place southeastern South Dakota at a slight risk level.


A cold front predicted to settle over the area Thursday has led forecasters to call for numerous, scattered storms to sweep through the area between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The National Weather Service expects the environment to be more likely to produce damaging winds, large hail, heavy rains and tornadoes.

Thursday's storm system will head east as the evening progresses.

NWS: Have access to weather info

The National Weather Service strongly encourages residents in potentially affected areas to ensure they have access to up-to-date conditions through the use of a weather radio, television or internet-capable device.

All warnings, watches and advisories are posted to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls' Twitter account.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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