Mixing it Up: Light accumulations possible this week
A powerful storm system in Montana will be moving East the first part of this week, bringing the possibility of mixed precipitation across our area
- Storm will clear out this morning leaving isolated showers by late this morning, and then partly cloudy skies by this afternoon.
- Temperatures will be much cooler, struggling to even break the 50° in Rapid City, with cooler conditions elsewhere
- Areas of South Central south Dakota could see a few 60s and 70s
- Clouds will begin moving in once again as the colder part of our system pushes into our region, bringing chances of scattered showers overnight
- Temperatures will begin to drop, particularly in areas of Wyoming where low to mid 30s will be likely
- Areas East of the Black Hills will hold off freezing temperatures – for this round.
- Tuesday morning will be a mess either way, with mostly rain showers East of the Black Hills and snow showers in the higher elevations and West of the Black Hills
- These will continue through the morning on and off, with most areas seeing little impacts to travel if maybe some wet roads.
- Snow accumulation maps are fickle at best, but they are good at finding concentrations of more robust snow activity – and in this case the closer you are to the Bighorns the better chance you’ll see a dusting and perhaps a little more
- The Black Hills may see some light accumulations here or there, but it’s a little early to tell exact amounts.
- Travel could temporarily be impacted with some slick roads, particularly in the higher elevations and towards NE Wyoming.
- On and off slick conditions could continue going into the overnight hours between Tuesday and Wednesday/
- Rapid City and the South Dakota Plains could even see a few snow showers – but it’ll be tough to see any real impacts to travel. We’ll keep an eye on the forecast over the next 48 hours to see if anything changes.
- As we know, snow forecasting is a fickle business – warm roads will help keep things in check regardless.
- Looking into the long range, Thursday and Friday warms up and dries out a bit as a ridge blankets the Northern Plains
- The jet stream doesn’t stray far though, the weekend could see more unsettled weather going into early portions of next week.
- Another Trough looks likely for the beginning of October, and its carrying with it some seriously cooler air.
- The West coast looks likely to get hit again, but whether or not The Black Hills gets in on the action is a waiting game at this point.
Here’s to September – Lightning and large hail followed by snow. Welcome to the Hills! – Brant