Winter Storm Warning Issued for the Black Hills
Heavy snow is likely for portions of our area tonight going through Thursday, with some areas receiving over a foot of snow.
Fog rolling into Rapid City Wednesday morning
- A quick look at our expected forecast for Wednesday, most of today will be mild, with breezy conditions picking up in the afternoon.
- Temperatures will vary from highs in the 30s in Northeastern Wyoming to highs in the 60s in the far Southeastern portions of our area.
- A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the higher elevations of the Black Hills starting 6 PM this evening and going until Late Thursday night.
- Snow covered roads, and low visibility will be the main factors with heavy snow bands.
- A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the entire viewing area, with slightly different criteria for specific areas.
- The Advisory will begin at 6 PM for Northeastern Wyoming, and 6 PM for Western South Dakota.
- Most advisories will end by Late Thursday night, with Jackson And Bennett County being the exception… going until 6 AM Friday.
- The actions is expected to pick up later this evening, with any rain quickly transitioning to snow by the 8-10 PM hour.
- By Midnight tonight, moderate to heavy snow bands will be crossing the area, this is the point where travel will be getting very tricky.
- Things will continue into Thursday morning, with good coverage of snow across the area.
- By Thursday afternoon there will be signs of reliefs, with stubborn snow bands continuing, particularly in the Eastern portion of our area towards Ziebach, Haakon, Jackson and Bennett Counties.
- Cold, dry air will filter into the region towards Thursday night, with a few snow showers trying to hang out – eventually pushing East by Friday morning.
- Higher elevations could easily see over a foot of snow, particularly from Southern Lawrence County to areas just North of Custer.
- Everyone else will see varying amounts around the 3″-6″ range. There is a particular band that could set up stretching from Rapid City towards the Cheyenne River that could drop 5″-8″ of snow… perhaps even more in some isolated spots.
- this band could shift a little north or South, so areas bordering this “hot” zone should be ready for some possibly higher accumulations.
- I’ll be updating this article throughout the morning, including a full radar timeline. stay tuned for more updates! -Brant