Fire Danger Today, Snow Tonight: A day in the Black Hills

Red flag warnings are in effect for areas of West River, with snow expected to push through this evening... plus more snow this weekend.

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  • Things will warm up quite nicely today, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s across the region.
  • Westerly winds could be a little on the breezy side, especially as you head South of the Black Hills.
  • We have a buffet of different weather advisory that we should talk about for today.

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  • Fire conditions will be prevalent across most of the South Dakota plains, but areas South of the Black Hills are especially at risk.
  • Red flag warnings have been issued for Fall River, Oglala Lakota and Western portions of Custer County until this evening.

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  • Minor flooding continues on the Belle Fourche River and its tributaries due to rapid snow melt.
  • This warning should expire by this afternoon.

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  • Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Sheridan County, 1″-3″ of snow looks likely
  • This will start out as rain and transition over into snow eventually. Some big wet snowflakes could lead to heavy snow bands and quick accumulations.

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  • The good news with today is temperatures will hit the 50s and 60s for the most part, with a few high 40s in the Black Hills.

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  • As we head towards towards tonight, a fast moving clipper will push from the Northwest, bringing breezy conditions and dropping temperatures.
  • A transition to snow is expected, save for the South Dakota plains where mostly rain is expected.

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  • We are talking fast moving heavy bands of snow mixed with rain – so although these accumulations look small they will happen in a short period of time.
  • This means there could be travel impacts overnight, so be careful for these rogue heavy snow bands – particularly in the higher elevations of Lawrence County.

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  • Thursday will be cooler and breezy, with a few leftover snow showers in the early morning… and then a few in the afternoon.
  • Temperatures will hover in the 30s and 40s, maybe a few 20s for highs in the higher elevations.

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  • The three day recap shows a break between Thursday and Friday.
  • Friday morning is expected to be dry, with our next system moving in by Friday afternoon and Evening.

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  • Fast forward to Friday, we are looking at a decent snow maker pushing North from Colorado in the afternoon and evening.
  • this will mostly impact areas in the Southern and Central Hills… for a change… with higher elevations receiving higher snow amounts.
  • There will be some mixing that takes place to start things off.

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  • By early Saturday morning, snow will cover most areas of West river, with light to moderate accumulations starting to pile up.

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  • Things look to taper off by Saturday afternoon, with a few snow showers being possible Saturday night going into Sunday.

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  • So far, Custer & Custer state park look to receive the larger amounts of snow – at this point I could easily see 6+” in spots.
  • Everyone else in West River could see 1″-3″ of snow, but those numbers are trending upwards. With Southeasterly winds I could easily see higher amounts before all is said and done.

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  • So far, a break in the action looks at the very least… possible… between Saturday’s system and Mondays system.
  • Specifics are tough for early next week, but what I can say is conditions look good for on and off snow throughout next week.
  • Things will be on the colder side as well… temperatures plummeting by Monday night into the lower teens and possibly single digits.
  • Monday night could also feature good amounts of snow… something we are still tracking at this point.

Make sure to stay with us over the next couple of days… we’ll keep you updated on the latest! thanks for trusting us with your forecast. – Brant



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