All in one week: Thunderstorms, Snow Showers, Wind

A very busy seven day forecast is on tap for us

I’ve broken down the next seven days, a very unsettled pattern will bring daily chances of showers, Wind, Thunderstorms, and Snow Showers.

  • Today will be breezy, with partly cloudy skies for the most part. Northerly winds gusting up to 30 mph
  • A few afternoon showers could pop up in the hills and make their way into the Eastern plains this afternoon, but should remain generally isolated
  • Temperatures will hang around the high 50’s, perhaps even a few low 60’s around Rapid City

  • Thursday night into Friday should remain overall dry, clouds will begin to move through the area early Friday morning, with high 30’s for the temperature
  • Friday morning could have a few spotty showers, but most activity should hold off until the afternoon
  • Temperatures will reach the high 50’s, low 60’s before afternoon showers and thunderstorms develop as a cold front pushes through into the evening hours
  •  Some heavier areas of rainfall could develop, cooler temperatures will move in behind the initial line of storms
  • Recent forecast guidance suggests that enough cooler air could make its way into the Northern portions of our region Saturday morning to allow persistent snowfall, enough for light accumulations

  • Most, if any snowfall will develop in the far Northern portions of our area early Saturday morning
  • There’s still a lot that needs to happen for this to verify, but it’s at least good to have on your radar (no pun intended) if you have travel plans
  • The rest of the area should see rain showers through Saturday morning, before drying out Saturday evening into Sunday

  • Another cold front will knock us down further Sunday evening into Monday morning
  • By Tuesday, there’s a distinct possibility of snow showers for a good portion of our region
  • There are no indications of any significant travel impacts, other than the annoyance of having a few inches of snow on vegetation and perhaps sensitive plants
  • It’s worth watching, as it is still almost a week out. At this point it could very well swing back just a tad bit warmer and everything will be in the form of rain

  • Looking ahead to 2 weeks from now, slightly cooler than normal temperatures look at least possible for the beginning of May
  • Generally this time of year, high 50’s and low 60’s are our average temperatures

  • Precipitation for the beginning of May looks to be above normal for a good portion of the Northern Plains.
  • A lush, green landscape looks likely for the month of May, plenty of rainfall to sustain the local vegetation
  • That is not to say that fire danger isn’t a possibility, as we have noted in at least 3 separate incidences in Rapid City alone in the last 48 hours

In short, keep an umbrella in the car. Daily chances for rain over the next 7 days is, at the very least, a good bet.

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