Winter Storm Bulletins issued for the Black Hills
Locations along and south of I-90 have the potential for several inches of snow this evening through Friday afternoon, with up to a foot possible towards the Nebraska border
- The National Weather Service in Rapid City has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Custer, Fall river, Oglala Lakota, Jackson and Bennett County. This bulletin is for areas of heavy snowfall, where accumulations could exceed 6+” of snow in many areas.
- A Winter Weather Advisory has also been issued for Rapid City in Pennington County, along with Southern Campbell and Weston County in Wyoming for snow accumulations of several inches being possible.
- A sharp accumulation drop-off is expected somewhere along the I-90 corridor, this is where confidence is low as to final snow totals.
- This is expected to be a heavier, wet snow – particularly near the Nebraska border. Take your time shoveling and give yourself frequent breaks if need be.
- The timeline brings our first chances of snow moving into the area around the 4-6 PM time frame, particularly for the central and southern Black Hills.
- By 8-10 PM we are in the full swing of things will heavy snow bands crossing the Southern portion of our area, with the I-90 corridor starting to see travel impacts as well.
- Things will start to taper off by early Friday morning, but still hanging on strong in the southern portion of our area.
- By late Friday morning we expect large improvements to travel conditions, drying out West to East.
- Winds could start to pick up a bit Friday afternoon, so some patchy areas of light blowing snow could be possible.
- By Friday afternoon and evening, we are clearing out. Clear skies will allow chilly temperatures for the evening.
Thankfully, winds don’t look to play a major factor in this storm system, but snow ratios will make pinpointing exact accumulations a little difficult. Overall, this is much needed moisture – this is a well forecasted storm, so make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions!
Stay safe out there.