Black Hills Storm Report & Forecast Discussion: RC Regional Airport Open

Rapid City Regional Airport is closed as of this morning, and snow reports continue to come in from across the Black Hills

UPDATE (11:30 p.m.): Rapid City Regional Airport is open.  The flight schedule does indicate some cancellations and delays.  The public is advised to check with their air carrier regarding their flight and to use caution when traveling to and from the Airport.

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  • A quick timeline of what we can expect for today, temperatures will struggle to reach the twenties with snow bands continuing this morning.
  • Snow intensity should taper off by this afternoon, but blowing snow could make travel difficult at times.
  • So far, we have reports of 11″ out towards Deerfield, 6.5″ in Rapid City and 6″ of Snow in Custer as of late last night.. additional accumulations are expected.

Here is a quick look at radar and current road conditions across the region. We have several Advisories for no travel across the region this morning\

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A statement from the airport from early this morning.

“Rapid City Regional Airport has been closed due to the severe winter conditions. Crews are working on the main runway trying to get re-opened for the first flight out scheduled at 7:20 AM. travelers should contact their air carrier for specific flight information.”

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  • Here’s a quick timeline on when warnings and advisories are expected to expire. Some of these may expire earlier than expected.

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  • Pushing the timeline forward, we’ll be seeing snow bands continue this morning with decreasing intensity.
  • Winds could push 20-30 MPH gusts, so blowing snow will be a concern going into the afternoon, particularly for areas of the South Dakota Plains.

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  • Notice by 9 AM we already are seeing some signs of dry air undercutting the system and decreasing snow activity.

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  • Just when things look to be clearing up by the lunch hour, short range forecast guidance models suggest another band could form in the Black Hills and push Eastward.

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  • By This afternoon this particular band could bring another wave of difficult travel conditions and low visibility to Eastern portions of our area.

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  • Notice our afternoon temperatures will be very chilly, make sure you are bundling up should you need to travel. (hopefully most of you are hunkering down!)

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  • By 6 PM, most areas of Northeastern Wyoming have already dried out, with the South Dakota side of things still trying to kick the rest of the action Eastward.
  • Areas of Jackson, Bennett, Ziebach and Haakon Counties could see continued snow bands all the way to this evening.

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  • By 10 PM things have cleared out and we’re left with a very chilly… but dry evening.

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  • Things look better as we head to the weekend, with Saturday possibly seeing a 50° mark. Thank you to EVERYONE for sending in storm reports and pictures. I hope everyone has been safe and staying indoors… and a special shout out to our ranchers and other folks working out in these conditions. They’re keeping society running while the rest of us are doing our part to keep society healthy by staying in. Keep up the good work folks… keep sending in those reports and keep warm! -Brant

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