Weathering the Hills: The Empire Strikes back

No ewoks, but windy conditions and additional snow accumulations could make travel difficult today. Let's talk about it

Listed below are the Advisories and warnings, a breakdown of snow accumulations and expected conditions this morning and afternoon.

A second round of snowfall this morning and afternoon will be compounded by gusty Northerly winds. 40 mph wind gusts could generate blowing snow, and blizzard conditions further East.

Roads are still slick around the Black Hills, but I-90 between New Underwood heading West looks ok this morning. Heading East from Wall and Kadoka could present challenges as higher snow totals are expected and blowing snow becomes more frequent. If you must travel, please bring a winter kit for your vehicle, and let someone know where you are going and what time to be expected.

Temperatures are cool enough where even treated roads are still icy in Rapid City and the hills. Additional snowfall today could make things tricky around lunch time and this afternoon. Defensive driving and slowing down will pay dividends over the next 24 hours.

Wind chills in some areas could be below zero, with temperatures struggling to reach the low 20’s. Bundle up if you plan on spending any extended period of time outside.

Things dry out with chilly temperatures on Friday in the lower teens. Sunshine on Saturday will bring temperature into the mid 30’s, and a chance of mixed precipitation Sunday with low 40’s. Dry, Chilly and breezy conditions for New Years eve, with a warming trend likely going into the middle of next week.


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – 1-2″ of Snow and 40 mph wind gusts could result in blowing snow and difficult travel conditions


BLIZZARD WARNING – 4-6″ of snow and 40 mph wind gusts will make travel difficult at times


Forecasted wind gusts at 3 pm today


Expected radar coverage of precipitation by 3 pm today


Snow accumulation expectation by Friday morning

Have a safe and happy Thursday, Thanks Samantha for this picture!

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