Half Dollar Sized Problems: Snow moves into Rapid City
Snow is currently pushing into the area, but there will be many transitions throughout the day
Large snowflakes are making it easy for grassy, light surfaces to be covered quickly this morning, road surfaces may be next. Let’s recap our current warnings and advisories.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE BLACK HILLS
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR RAPID CITY AND OTHER AREAS
- Generally, the higher elevations of the Black Hills will see higher snow amounts and less rain.
- Road surfaces will hold off snow for a little while, but high snowfall rates is expected to eventually overwhelm road surfaces in some areas
- A slushy, messy commute will be likely, particularly in the Eastern foothills and Rapid city
- Upslope enhancement could push accumulations higher than 3-6″ along the I-90 corridor, and high snowfall rates could quickly reduce visibility and cause slick conditions. use caution
- There will be two main waves of snowfall, This morning into this evening and early Wednesday morning into Wednesday afternoon
- Notice the Great Plains will see more of the rain variety, and less travel impacts overall.
- A distinct dry slot looks likely to form over the Western Hills, including Newcastle Wyoming which will reduce accumulations and impacts in those areas
- Very localized higher amounts are likely along the I-90 corridor, where a few miles could meant he difference of 2-4″ in some cases or even more.
- Make sure you check road conditions before you head out the door; Just because your driveway is clear doesn’t mean your commute is. The Black Hills are tricky and conditions can turn very difficult very quickly.
- Expected radar coverage at 12:00 today
- Current road conditions are posted towards the bottom of this article if you need a quick look before you head out the door.
- Looking ahead to the second week of May, below average temperatures look to continue.
- This could mean more frozen precipitation, even possibly going into mothers day.
- This is very long range and could change, but there are strong indications that below normal temperatures will continue.
- Above average precipitation also looks likely to continue into early May.
- Whether that is in the form of rain or snow is yet to be seen
Be safe out there today! your currents and 7 day are posted below, along with road conditions!