Bitter cold weather makes it’s way to the Black Hills
RAPID CITY, S.D. — We are in for the coldest weekend of winter, very cold.
An arctic high pressure system will be moving into the Black Hills, bringing prolonged cold temperatures. Throw in strong winds and you’ve got dangerously low wind chills, between 20 and 30 below. So, how can you prepare?
“Make sure you check the temperatures before you go out,” said NWS meteorologist, Susan Sanders. “And you may look at your app and see a number on the forecast, but that doesn’t necessarily mean what it’s gonna feel like. Wind chill is very insidious because it can be sunny and the temperatures themselves may not be too bad, but combined with the wind it’s gonna feel a lot colder.”
Sanders also says to be prepared for emergencies, even on short trips. A warm coat, hats, gloves, and comfortable boots should be kept in a vehicle, as well as a blanket, as frostbite and hypothermia could very well become a major concern in the coming days.
As for the sudden cold, Sanders says, this is typical. Many of the region’s records for cold have been in February, with 1936 being the coldest month on record in Rapid City.