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High winds, near severe fire conditions dominate Sunday’s forecast

High winds, near severe fire conditions dominate Sunday’s forecast

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) — We’ll be facing a fire weather threat for Sunday thanks to high winds, low humidity and dry conditions.

A RED FLAG WARNING is set for the entire area WIND ADVICE For areas near and north of Highway 14. Both of these alerts will be in effect until 6:00 p.m. We will have mainly sunny skies, as a cold front sweeps the area. West and west-northwest winds will be strong with gusts of 15-35 mph and gusts of 50 mph. Highs will be in the mid 40s to mid 50s.

A weak high-level wave will slide through Monday and will likely bring some light rain or snow showers for those in northern and central South Dakota; otherwise, skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the 40s and 50s.

Questions remain about what will happen when it comes to our next system. Recent model runs continue to show the system slowing down and coming in two waves. The first wave Tuesday through Wednesday will bring isolated showers and thunderstorms, mostly in the eastern half of the region. The second round will move in on Wednesday and last through the first half of Friday, bringing rain and isolated thunderstorms, but as the cold front advances, precipitation will change to a wintry mix and snow. There is still a lot of uncertainty at this point, so this is something that the Early Warning Weather Team will be monitoring over the next few days, but I will say that the latest models show precipitation totals as high as 1/2 inch. inch and a half across the field, so we’ll definitely take that. At this point it is more likely that there will be a big drop in temperatures by the end of the week. Highs will climb into the 50s and 60s ahead of the front, but then drop into the 20s and lower 30s Thursday through Friday.

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