Freezing drizzle, rain to turn to snow
1 p.m. Update
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The freezing drizzle and rain will mix with and eventually change to snow this afternoon as temperatures cool, and will turn into heavier snow late this afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service stated.
A prolonged snow event began to develop across the area late this morning, with freezing drizzle and drizzle being replaced by rain spreading in from the south.
The rain is expected to mix with and change to snow this afternoon as temperatures aloft cool. With the warmer surface temperatures, the snow will be slushy at first.
Once the precipitation changes to snow, it is expected to become heavier late this afternoon and early this evening. Light to moderate snow will continue tonight and Friday with fluctuations in intensity.
Total snow accumulation is expected to be two and a half to 4 inches from this afternoon through Friday evening, but may be slightly more in some places.
4 to 5 inches of snow expected Thursday, Friday
4:45 p.m. Wednesday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A prolonged winter weather event is expected to drop 4 to 5 inches of snow on the area from late Thursday afternoon through Friday evening, the National Weather Service warned.
A winter weather advisory for snow will be in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday for Nobles, Jackson, Pipestone, Rock, Cottonwood and Murray counties in Minnesota and Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson and O'Brien counties in Iowa.
Precipitation will begin along the Missouri River around noon Thursday, expanding north and east through the afternoon hours. Snow may fall at a moderate rate at times late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night before decreasing in intensity on Friday.
Total snowfall accumulations are expected to total around 4 to 5 inches through Friday evening.
Snow is expected to develop Thursday afternoon. The snow is expected to become moderate or heavy Thursday night into Friday morning and will gradually taper off during the daytime hours on Friday.
Snow accumulations are expected to total four to five inches with lightest snowfall accumulations across southwest Minnesota.
A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Travelers should be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility and drive cautiously.