Latest update on the winter storm expected to hit Wednesday

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Officials are warning the public to take a winter storm expected to hit the state this week seriously. Here’s the latest update on what to expect:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING FOR RAPID CITY AND THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS

  • 1-2 feet of snow will be possible in Rapid City, the I-90 corridor to Sturgis and the SD-79 corridor to Hot Springs. combined with 65 mph winds, the Eastern foothills will have crippling travel impacts starting Wednesday morning, going all the way into Thursday morning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING FOR THE GREAT PLAINS SOUTH AND EAST OF THE BLACK HILLS

  • This includes the I-90 corridor going towards Wall and Kadoka. Freezing rain is a distinct possibility the further East you travel. Oglala Lakota, Haakon and Jackson Counties particularly will need to not only contend with a possible 1/2 an inch of ice, but 13-23″ of snow and 65 mph winds. Travel is adamantly discouraged in this area.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING FOR NORTHWESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA

  • Areas North of the Black Hills look to receive less accumulations, but still a large amount with winds gusting at 65 mph. Travel is ill advised in this area, as blizzard conditions will make travel dangerous to impossible, even given the lower snow totals.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE NORTHERN BLACK HILLS

  • Don’t let the lack of blizzard warning fool you, blowing snow will drop visibility and make travelling dangerous at times. large snow totals are expected, particularly at higher elevations. Spearfish has been included in the Blizzard warning, as it is close enough to the great plains to receive sustained winds and low visibility.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE SOUTHERN BLACK HILLS AND WESTON COUNTY, WY

  • 8-15″ of snow and 45 mph winds could cause visibility issues with blowing snow, particularly as you head west of Newcastle. Heading anywhere outside of the Southern Hills into the plains will quickly find yourself in sustained winds and blizzard conditions.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING FOR PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN WYOMING

  • The lower end of 8-13″ can generally be expected, but 50 mph winds and sustained gusts across the flat areas of Wyoming will reduce visibility and make driving dangerous. Use cation, and stay put if possible.

 

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