Cold Front Brings the Heat: Storms, then warmer temperatures this weekend

A "dry" front will be making its way through the area on Saturday, possibly bringing a few thunderstorms with it

  • Temperatures will once again crest around the high 70s in Rapid City, perhaps reaching 80 out towards the Great Plains
  • Isolated thunderstorms are a possibility along the Eastern foothills this afternoon, diminishing by this evening

  • A few of these thunderstorms could be on the stronger side, seeing as the upper levels are still on full blast
  • The one things keeping us relatively mild storm-wise is the lack of heat and moisture available. Most of us should stay dry today

  • The most likely spot for Friday afternoon thunderstorm activity will be in the Eastern Foothills around 2-5 PM
  • Areas of Hills City, Custer and even Rapid City could see some of this isolated storm action before all is said and done

  • After a relatively calm evening, a cold front will push from the Northwest into our region Saturday right around lunchtime
  • I’m not necessarily convinced to widespread severe weather, but I am convinced that if severe weather does occur, gusty winds will be the primary hazard here
  • Small hail and heavy rainfall could briefly interrupt Saturday afternoon plans, but should be temporary at best. The winds however could stick around through the late afternoon

  • A few storms could linger into Saturday evening, particularly in the Hills
  • Once we get passed the midnight hour, most storm activity will be well over, or pushing off towards the East

  • Sunday sees a complete 180 in conditions, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures returning to the 80s
  • Monday could see temperatures get as high as 90° in Rapid City, drier conditions are on tap through Tuesday
  • Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon could see a few isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon, but they should remain on the isolated side

We’ve received around 25″ of rain since January 1st of this year at Rapid City Regional Airport, about 11″ above normal for this time of the year. The ground is still saturated for the most part, so if a thunderstorm does manage to get stuck on a boundary, we’ll need to watch out for Flash Flooding. Having that said, Sunday is looking fantastic, and next week looks -for the most part- dry. We’ll let you know if mother nature starts acting up over the next couple of days, thanks for sticking with us. Be safe out there! -Brant

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