April 13, 2018 - Today we'll have scattered showers and thunderstorms occur under cloudy skies. A few storms may be strong or severe - especially toward evening - with the threats of quarter-sized hail and 60+ MPH wind gusts. The high this afternoon will be a cooler 52°. Look for the wind to be strong throughout our Friday with gusts hitting 35 MPH from the NE.
Tonight we'll slip back to a low of 32°. Following thunderstorms, we'll have colder air snap in and a change over to heavy snow after midnight and that will continue forward during Saturday. BLIZZARD WARNINGS and WINTER STORM WATCHES blanket all of Siouxland with the expectation of large snow totals between O'Neill, Yankton, and Sioux Falls in the range of 12-18 inches. Much of NE Nebraska extending through SE South Dakota and the Iowa Great Lakes will get 6-12 inches of snow. Sioux City will likely catch onto 3-6 inches of snow with less to the southeast.
In addition to the big snow totals, the wind is expected to whip around with gusts exceeding 45 MPH from the north. Visibility will be next to nothing with whiteout conditions and travel is discouraged Saturday unless it's in the case of an emergency - especially NW of Sioux City. The high on Saturday will be a cold 34° - almost 30° below normal.
We'll climb to a high of 40° on Sunday and things will improve as we go forward through next week. We carry a chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and highs will perk up back into the 60s next Wednesday and Thursday.
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