This week’s winter storm could bring blizzard conditions, double-digit snowfall
RAPID CITY, S.D. — While the weekend brought summer-like temperatures, South Dakota is gearing up for a winter storm system that may bring double-digit snowfall to some areas.
The storm is expected to begin on Tuesday night with rain changing into snow beginning around midnight.
The Black Hills could see snow accumulations of up to 16 inches in places, while other areas across the state could see up to 23 inches. Pine Ridge, which was severely hit by a winter storm followed by flooding in March, could see over a foot of snow.
Heavy wind gusts may also result in blowing and drifting snow, creating blizzard/white-out conditions and making travel difficult.
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, a number of construction projects that were set to start this week have been delayed in light of the forecast, and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety is warning residents to pack a winter safety kit and prepare their homes and pets.
Additionally, those planning to travel should consider adjusting their plans and keep a close watch on the forecast.
One ray of hope is that some of the snow may melt during daylight hours, potentially limiting overall snowfall totals.
Tune into NewsCenter1 for updates and visit our weather page to see the latest forecast, an interactive radar map and photos of road conditions through the DOT’s road cameras. You can also visit our closings page to check on any business, school or medical closings.