First Spearfish Chinook Days Festival

A community weather outlook

On January 22, 1942, Spearfish set the world record for the fastest temperature change. Within two minutes, temperatures increased from -4°F to 45°F. That’s a 49° increase! To commemorate the day and show that South Dakotan’s know how to have fun even in the cold, two local Spearfish brothers have created a week long Chinook Days festival.

A few of the scheduled events are the Supaman concert held at the Matthews Opera House, the Black Hills Nordic Club Winter Festival, Winter Luau, and Chinook bonfire. For a complete list of the weeks events, check out Chinook Days.

While not experiencing the winter storm/blizzard warnings East River is, there are high wind advisories in effect for most of West River until early morning Saturday. With the arrival of a cold front, winds are expected to be westerly 20-30 mph and gusting to around 60 mph. Lows in the single digits are expected, but wind chill values will be between -8° and -13°. For those in Spearfish, look out for evening snow as well. Only about 1 inch of accumulation is expected, but with the gusty winds, roads may be very slick, so you’ll want to drive carefully. Saturday will be much better, with highs in the low 30s high 20s and mostly sunny. There will be some wind gusts up to 30 mph, but conditions will have improved.

This is the first Chinook Days, and between concerts, beer tastings, and winter sports, it’s an event you definitely won’t want to miss. See you there! -Dominique

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