9:20 AM UPDATE – Ice, drifting, and blowing snow increasing in our area
Although heavier snow bands are moving East, some stubborn areas will persist and winds will continue to hamper travel efforts
10:40 AM UPDATE — Pennington County has lifted its no-travel advisory. Drivers are still advised to travel with caution, take extra time to reach destinations, and give plows plenty of room to clear the roads.
I-90 is still closed from Exit 67 going east.
9:20 AM UPDATE –
- A distinct band of snow is forming along the eastern foothills between Rapid City and Spearfish.
- Gusty winds and blowing snow is causing visibility issues, and drifts are starting to form on roadways across the region.
- Pennington County remains under a No-travel Advisory, this does NOT include the city of Rapid City.
- Rapid City Regional airport Terminal is open, but the runways are not. An update is expected around noon today.
- I-90 remains closed from Box Elder eastward towards Sioux Falls. No-travel advisories blanket the central and eastern half of the state.
- Just because an advisory isn’t issued for a specific roadway, does not necessarily mean they are immediately safe for travel. Check our SDDOT Safe Travel USA cams at the bottom of this article for up-to-date images of travel conditions across the area.
4:45 ROAD UPDATE — City plows are working to clear main lines, hills, collectors and sub collectors. Winds did cause drifting in some areas and crews will be working throughout the day to address those conditions. Drivers are urged to use caution on the icy roads and allow extra time to get to your destination.
Pennington County roads are still under a no travel advisory. This does NOT include the city of Rapid City. You can check out the Department of Travel cameras and maps at the bottom of this article.
- Here’s the radar as of 3:45 this morning. Notice the snow bands have become less intense in the Black Hills, but are still widespread
- Areas further East are still expecting decent accumulations and blowing snow through Thursday, so use caution when making travel plans anywhere East of Rapid City
- Winter Storm Warnings continue through Noon today for Rapid City and the Black Hills region, Perkins County will expire at 6 pm this evening
- Blizzard warnings continue for areas East of Rapid City until 6 pm this evening, but continue into Friday morning for Haakon, Jackson and Bennett Counties
- Radar coverage over the next 48 hours shows distinct upslope snow over the Eastern and Northeastern foothills through Friday morning.
- Additional accumulations should be expected in those areas, Snow will be ending West to East through Friday morning
- These are the additional accumulations that will be possible over the next 36 hours
- Folks out East should be prepared for quite a bit more through Thursday evening at least
- The real headache here will be the persistent gusty winds through Friday morning
- Ranchers will need to pay particular attention to the chilly, windy conditions, as blowing snow will making tending to livestock very difficult during this time period
- Winds finally die down by Friday
- A quick look at temperatures over the next 48 hours shows the same deal, chilly conditions
- Wind chills will dip below zero at times, so bundling up will be necessary at least for the next couple days if you need to head out
- Travelling anywhere East will be a challenge
- These are the additional accumulations expected, not what has already fallen. East River really got walloped by this system
- Power outages exist in Sioux Falls, where ice has become a distinct issue
- Travelling in Rapid City will not be a cake-walk, Ice is sitting right below the fresh lay of snow that is still coming down, you will need to give yourself plenty of time if you must go somewhere this morning
- Winds will persist throughout the day, so even plowed roads will have a hard time keeping clean.
- Rapid City Regional Airport is expected to open at Noon today
- Stay tuned, as our up-slope snow event will continue throughout the day, and the Hills always have a way of throwing in a last act before all is said and done.