March-ing towards cold: -35 wind chills with snow on Saturday
The last of the three systems will bring much colder air for the first day of March, along with snow and breezy Northerly winds.
This morning’s snow forecast was a swing and a miss for Rapid City, but not completely. Freezing mist and flurries are falling this morning and will create slick roads. Areas North and South of the Black Hills received snowfall, along with a few areas of freezing drizzle as well. Nobody will be missing out on the cold this weekend, however, and Rapid City will have another chance to redeem itself with snow tonight into Saturday.
- Snow will continue to move through this morning through portions of our area, before finally tapering off by this afternoon. Temperatures will hover around the low to mid 20’s in places like Rapid City
- A more widespread snow system will move in around midnight tonight into Saturday morning, bringing much colder air with it. Temperatures will dip into the negatives as breezy conditions bring very cold wind chills to the area, in some cases -35 to -40.
- Accumulations will vary, but 2-3″ is a good overall bet for the Black Hills and areas North and Northwest, with locally heavier amounts along the Eastern slopes and foothills including Rapid City. The Eastern plains heading out towards Wall and Kadoka will see lesser amounts of 1-3″ generally. The closer to Nebraska you are, the more likely you’ll see higher amounts, even into the 4″ range and higher.
- Saturday night into Sunday could see temperatures in the negative teens, with temperatures barely reaching zero on Sunday. Wind chills in the -30’s to -40’s are possible, wind chill advisories will likely be posted.
- Next week still looks chilly, but at least dry. By Wednesday we could see temperatures recover to the mid to upper 20’s once again, before dropping with the onset of another system
- Thursday looks likely to see another snow maker, but it’s too far out to nail exact details at this time, definitely worth watching though.
Here’s out expected temperatures over the next 48 hours
Expected radar coverage for the next 48 hours. Notice Saturday’s event is much more widespread.
Models are having a hard time with accumulation expectations through Saturday, but 2-3″ isn’t a terrible overall estimation. Chadron, Nebraska and the Eastern Foothills, including Rapid City, could see the highest amounts out of Saturday’s system.