Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect, July 4th plans to be impacted

Plans outdoors should have a back-up

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for portions of northeastern WY and southwestern SD. Timing of storms may impact firework shows.

Some of the short term impacts during storms Thursday night will be strong winds, heavy rain, and dangerous lightning. Extra caution should be used when planning outdoor activities into the evening. Long term impacts will include localized flooding. Some areas have already received 1-2″ of rainfall on saturated grounds.

Never drive into flooded roadways.

So let’s breakdown your firework show/fire-up-the-grill forecast:

By 5 p.m., storms will be firing up in the northern hills and south of Sheridan. A few of these may reach severe limits. Seek shelter when you hear thunder.

By 7 p.m., storms will be moving through WY and straight line, damaging winds will be the main threat as storms leave Gillette and approach Newcastle and Sundance. In SD, a few showers and rumbles of thunder are possible in the foothills with stronger storms capable of producing large hail out towards the plains.

By 9 p.m., strong storms will be across the area. Heavy rain, lightning, large hail, and strong winds will be the main concern. Outdoor activities are frowned up between 8-9 p.m. as storm coverage increases.

By 11 p.m., storms will be moving out of the area though some may still be severe into the central part of the state. Use caution and be aware of flooding areas.

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