Winter Storm Watch: Heavy, wet snow for higher elevations of the Black Hills

Although not unheard of, it is rare to have heavy snowfalls this late in May, lets break down the details.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE BLACK HILLS

  • Before we get to the main points about next week, lets break down Sunday and the expected forecast leading up to Monday’s event

  • Although we are seeing snow this morning in Rapid City, we should receive several breaks throughout the day, and shouldn’t be a total washout
  • Temperatures, however, will not recover above the 40’s, and will remain breezy and cool
  • Isolated snow/rain showers will pepper the region tonight through Monday, a few areas could even see a heavier band from time to time

  • Early Monday morning will see the arrival of heavy bands of rain, and snow for the higher elevations.
  • As we approach Monday evening, Snow will become heavier, with 1-2″ per hour rates expected for some areas of the Black Hills and Northeastern Wyoming
  • The foothills should steer clear of major travel impacts and stick mostly to rain, but don’t be surprised to encounter spotty switch overs of heavy rain to heavy snow. this is when visibility and slick roads can quickly become an issue.

  • Here are some preliminary estimations of snowfall and where the heavier bands look to set up for now.
  • This has plenty of time to change, so its a good idea to keep your eye on the forecast, as we are still about 48 hours out from this event
  • Remember, this isn’t a winter storm warning, just a watch. Still a lot of wiggle room for adjustment and changes!

  • Regardless if you see rain or snow, we will be receiving alot of moisture between now and Wednesday morning.
  • Rain amounts may be a little on the high side in this particular model, but it does give you a good idea of just how much moisture is associated with this system, not something to sleep on!
  • Make sure gutters are cleared out, and be on the lookout for flood watches and alerts throughout this time period.

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