Black Hills Forecast Discussion: Wide variety of robust showers expected Thursday
Widespread showers are expected across the region today, some could include thunder, tiny hail, sleet, snow and a few (harmless) cold air funnels!
- Showers will be on and off throughout the day, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s… perhaps a few 30s in the higher elevations.
- Rain is already falling in areas North of the Black Hills, and are expected to make their way back South by this afternoon.
Here is a look at current radar across the region.
- Areas along and South of the I-90 corridor could hold off on showers until later on today, providing a decent amount of sunshine.
- Breezy conditions should be expected, however, gusting around 30-40 MPH from the North.
- Don’t be surprised to see a few of these little fellows across the region today! These are cold air funnels, a much weaker cousin of the tornado.
- This was a cold air funnel from last year’s buffalo round-up at Custer State park taken by meteorologist Megan Murat!… So they do occur in the Black Hills under the right conditions
- They rarely touch down, and are generally harmless. They form when there’s a very large temperature difference between air at the surface and air above the surface – which we certainly have today. Keep an eye out!
- As we get into later this afternoon and evening, convective snow showers could bring bursts of light snow accumulations in the higher elevations of the Black Hills.
- Could have a few slick spots, so just be on the lookout!
- Most of the significant rainfall will take place North and East of the Black Hills, where we could see up to 0.50″ to 1.0″ of rain.
- This is good news, as these areas are abnormally dry for this time of year.
- Friday will be drier and a bit warmer, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
- A few isolated pop-ups will be possible in the afternoon towards the Black Hills, but otherwise a relatively uneventful start to the weekend.
- Saturday we jump right back in to unsettled weather, with scattered showers and breezy conditions expected once again.
- This pattern is expected to continue all the way into next week, with Monday having a likely chance for snow in the higher elevations of the Black Hills… and maybe even a few snowflakes in Rapid City.
- Things warm up by the end of the week, with afternoon thunderstorms returning to the forecast by Wednesday.
- Be safe out there! Be on the lookout for all the different kinds of precipitation we could see today, we’ll have a variety of just about everything! -Brant