The Erik Files: We’re Talking Snow!
**THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY: ON THIS DAY IN 1936: Heavy snow across the region brought snowfall totals upwards of 5 inches in Newcastle and Sundance with 5.5 inches reported in Dupree and 10 inches in Faith.**
Folks, it’s time for Season 1, Episode 34 of “The Erik Files”, and today’s going to be a little bit more serious as we have some weather coming in. First of all, we need to talk about Tomorrow & Thursday.
FIRST OFF: WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED. This is for Harding, Perkins & Ziebach Counties in South Dakota, Sheridan County in Wyoming, and Carter County in Montana. This starts Wednesday @ 6:00 PM, and goes until 6:00 PM Thursday.
**FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY**
Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 9 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible.
Winds could gust as high as 35 mph Highest snowfall amounts are currently expected near the North Dakota border, with decreasing
amounts farther south. Location of the heaviest snowfall may vary if the track of the system changes.
LET’S LOOK AT FUTURECAST
You’ll notice on Futurecast, by Wednesday Morning, Harding, Perkins, and Ziebach Counties will see the snow first. That will push out in the afternoon hours, then look at Wednesday Night going into Thursday when it starts to get its act together across the Black Hills Region, as well as northern South Dakota. That is one wave we are watching.
The big one I am keeping an eye on is this weekend. The guidance models are still inconsistent with everything. Yes, we will see snow, but I’m not going to throw out any totals just yet until everything starts becoming more consistent.
THE OTHER BIG STORY THIS WEEKEND: IT’S GOING TO GET COLD!
As of now, we are forecasting highs in the upper teens – low 20’s, and as of now, I am being nice about that. We’ll have to keep an eye on that as well.
We’ll stay mostly cloudy with temperatures hovering near freezing. Not ruling out some precipitation in the overnight hours as well. Definitely a night to stay in and drink some hot chocolate.
BOTTOM LINE: Please use extra caution this weekend if you have to venture out. Make sure you download the NewsCenter1 Weather App on your mobile device. Also, feel free to reach out and ask any questions. My information is at the bottom of this.
Stay warm, and enjoy your Tuesday!