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.