High Wind Warning: Strong wind gusts could bring air quality concerns for West Rapid City

Blizzard conditions are expected East river, but West River could get its own batch of unsavory conditions later this afternoon

  • Conditions have started out rather mild in the Black Hills, with a few winds kicking up in northeastern Wyoming.
  • Areas north of the Black Hills have seen temperatures in the teens, while areas like Spearfish and Sturgis hover near 50° earlier this morning.
  • Everyone will see their temperatures drop later on this afternoon with the arrival of a stout cold front.

  • A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather service for areas along and North of Interstate 90 in South Dakota.
  • This warning also includes Northeastern Crook County, WY and Jackson & Bennett Counties.
  • Wind gusts up to 60 MPH, perhaps even higher will be possible as our cold front pushes through this afternoon.

  • Blizzard Warnings have been issued for areas of East River, with snow already beginning for Southeastern portions of the state.
  • The blizzard warning does not go into effect until later tonight into tomorrow, but travelers should use the utmost caution if heading out that way.

  • With the expectation of high winds this afternoon, an air quality alert has been issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
  • This areas includes West Rapid City and the gap, as winds can swirl in this region and suspend dust and other pollutants for long periods of time.

  • A few quick moving showers and snow bursts could be associated with the cold front – although little to no accumulation is expected with these.
  • Any accumulations will be from some of the more robust snow bursts that could temporarily lower visibility and make travel difficult. These should pass quickly.

  • Winds will continue to cause issues through the afternoon and evening, picking up around Friday night.
  • Most snow activity will have moved on to East River by 8-10 PM.

  • Winds could easily gust 40-50 MPH tonight, with some areas getting 60-65 MPH gusts. (Box Elder, looking at you.)
  • These winds will continue into Saturday morning and will eventually subside by Saturday afternoon and evening.

  • With gusty winds and plummeting temperatures comes some pretty low wind chills as well.
  • Areas north of the Black Hills could see -15 to -20 wind chills – make sure you are covering up Friday Night into Saturday morning!

  • By Saturday night things calm down, with Sunday seeing a shift to Easterly winds. (and the possibility of some morning fog)
  • Next week temperatures climb into the 40s and overall dry conditions are expected.
  • Watching a potential quick system Wednesday into Thursday, but otherwise looking good.


Burning Beetle is this weekend in Custer! I love this event because it not only promotes awareness of our environment and our responsibility to maintain it, but its a great excuse to get out and enjoy the community. Things could be a little on the blustery side Friday night, so if you’re going out for the dedication ceremony make sure to bundle up. Conditions look much better for Saturday as winds begin to calm down a bit in the afternoon – with some slightly chilly temperatures by Saturday evening. Nothing that a warm fire can’t help 🙂

The next potential system next week Wednesday through Thursday is intriguing, but that’s about it. Northwesterly flow will reign once again, and even lift out of our region for a time as a ridge of high pressure ushers in warmer and drier air. We’ll keep an eye on it though, as we do. Despite our lack of moisture this is a powerful system – keep an eye out for rogue bands of snowbursts and prepare for some quickly dropping temperatures this afternoon!  Stay safe out there! -Brant

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