Fog & Slick Roads to the East, Dry & Sunny to the West
A stationary front will move back and forth through the region, bringing slow visibility and slick roads to portions of our region
- There are some slick roads out there this morning due to areas of dense freezing fog, give yourself some extra time to get to work.
- Many areas seeing teens and 20s this morning, and those areas in cloud and fog cover could stay in the 20s through most of the day with 40s being likely in the Hills and Northeastern Wyoming
- Most fog should stay just outside the Eastern foothills, so Box Elder could see this fog most of the morning but Rapid City could see sunshine.
Here’s a quick look at road conditions
The Rapid City traffic cameras have not updated since 2/12/21
Rapid City - North
Rapid City - South
- Cloudy and foggy conditions will stick around the SD plains through the evening, but a system will approach from the West, coming through Northeastern Wyoming overnight.
- This will bring quick chances of some mixed precipitation as it pushes through, not expecting big impacts but perhaps a few slick roads.
- Approaching early Saturday morning, chances for snow and rain showers will increase for the Black Hills.
- The good news is as this front pushes through, it’ll clear out the atmosphere and most areas of fog and cloudy conditions will be replaced with partly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures in the upper 30s and 40s.
- Just to drive home the point, accumulations are expected to be very light across the region, if any at all.
- The Northern Hills could get some upslope enhancement – 1″-3″ in some isolated pockets seems very reasonable but overall 1″-2″ looks more likely.
- Once we get beyond Saturday morning, conditions look much better for the rest of the weekend, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.
- Next week we are watching a potential system that could have impacts South and East of our region, but we could still get a little something out of it.
I had 1″-2″ forecast for the northern Hills on Wednesday, and upslope pushed that to around 3.5″ in Lead – so I’m not holding my breath that my forecast will hold for everyone but 1″-2″ seems like a good general number. As far as Next week is concerned, It’s a developing forecast that has garnered my interest but that’s about it. If you have plans to travel through Nebraska Monday-Tuesday of next week, certainly something you’ll want to keep an eye on as snow and some gusty winds could be possible.
You guys know the drill, once we get within 3 days things become much more clear. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop with any updates! Otherwise looking warm and dry next week once again. We could push those conditions all the way to February… Be safe out there! -Brant