But wait, there’s more: Snow, rain and wind continue today
There's still a few days left of this far reaching system before we're in the clear
Let’s start with a look at road conditions throughout the region this morning.
- Keystone, US-16. Snow covered roads as you get above 5,000 feet particularly. take it slow
- Rapid City, I-90. Mixed precipitation is currently falling, so be aware of rapidly changing conditions
- Pringle, SD-89. Snow currently falling in this region. Be careful of snow covered roads this morning
- Spearfish, I-90. Things looking good in the Northern foothills at this time
- Conditions could become slick, however through the Sundance, WY area on I-90
Many different warnings, advisories and watches posted for our region. I’ve broken down each one and the expected impacts, lets get started.
- Once you get above 5000 feet, accumulations will quickly start to rise.
- Accumulations will vary greatly by region, and by elevation
- Be ready for quickly changing weather conditions on a hill-by-hill basis
- The Wyoming Black Hills have their own slog of Winter weather, particularly above 5000 feet
- Interstate 90 through this region should be monitored closely, rapidly changing weather conditions will be likely
- Accumulations, once again, will vary greatly based on elevation and which valley you live in
- The Bighorns look to receive another good dose of heavy wet snow through Thursday, up to a foot
- Sheridan looks to avoid the snow, but will still receive copious amounts of rainfall, up to 1″ or more
- The Yellowstone River is NOT expected to flood, but other areas prone to flooding could see issues, stay alert
- A winter weather advisory is in effect for areas of Southern Campbell County and Johnson County.
- This includes the communities of Buffalo, WY, Wright, WY and portions of I-90 and I-25
- 3-6″ of snow are likely closer to the Bighorns, while 2-4″ is more reasonable for the Wright community through Wednesday morning
- A large portion of West River, including Carter County Montana is expected to receive 1.5″ to 3″ of rain through Friday afternoon
- Keep an eye on rivers, streams and other flood prone areas through the next couple of days
- No flash flooding is expected at this time, but monitor local rivers and streams all the same
- Close to 2″ of rain has already fallen in areas East of the Black Hills
- Here is the further expectations for precipitable water through Thursday morning.
- Almost another 2″ of rain could fall in areas already saturated with moisture
- Here’s a ballpark of snowfall expectations moving Wednesday evening.
- Slick, snow covered roads, particularly in higher elevations are expected
- Even the Eastern foothill, including Rapid City, could see slushy roads over the next 24 hours, be alert to rapidly changing weather conditions
- Fog and visibility could also become an issue
Conditions will improve Thursday as the system finally exits our area. Warmer, drier weather looks likely for Friday and Saturday where temperatures could reach the mid 60’s, perhaps higher.
Unsettled weather looks likely for Sunday and Monday for Memorial weekend, but i’m not 100% sold on it yet. Will leave it on isolated showers for now, but be prepared to have a contingency plan, particularly for Monday as rain looks the most likely for that day.
Here’s a quick look at your 7 day and road conditions