Forecasters issue early warning of ‘significant storm’ to kick off South Dakota's new year

The National Weather Service said there’s low confidence in the storm's track and precipitation amounts, but have high confidence that a “significant storm” will strike the region.

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Snowfall covered this residential Sioux Falls street after on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.
Sioux Falls Live file photo
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SIOUX FALLS — After a strong winter storm was followed up by a blizzard in late December, the National Weather Service is warning South Dakotans to prepare for yet another winter storm system that is predicted to strike the state on Monday.

Early Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls published a weather outlook for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 2-3, noting that confidence continues to grow that a large storm system would impact the broader region early next week.

While forecasters say they’re confident that the “significant storm” system will hit the region on Monday and Tuesday, they make clear that they aren’t necessarily confident in the storm’s exact track, what type of precipitation may fall and how much snow or rain the storm could bring.

The low confidence stems from the fact that the weather system hasn’t yet made landfall in the western United States, and that the forecast will likely continue to fluctuate as the new year nears.

A "significant storm" could strike South Dakota on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 2-3. Forecasters say they aren't certain of the track or potential snowfall totals.
Contributed / National Weather Service

In graphics released by the National Weather Service, the highest potential for significant snow falls along the South Dakota-Nebraska border from roughly Pine Ridge to the Missouri River.


The next highest area includes a large swathe of the state that covers much of central and eastern South Dakota, including Mitchell. Sioux Falls falls just outside the second-highest risk category, though could still see effects of the storm.

The storm’s general track, as of Friday morning, is expected to head northeast through the state, through central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service encourages residents to pay attention to any updates that will be published as the storm nears from a reliable source. If the storm pans out, it would be the third significant winter storm to strike the area since mid-December.

Southeastern South Dakota saw temperatures swing by more than 125 degrees this year, as colder winters with blizzards were separated by a summer of intense heat and derechos.

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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