Winter Weather Advisory Issued for the Black Hills

The snow isn't as much the issue as the windy conditions that will follow. Traveling could be tough at times.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – Accumulations of up to 3 inches are possible, with winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Blowing snow could cause travel impacts this afternoon and evening – specifically for central and northern areas and Wyoming’s Black Hills.


HIGH WIND WARNING – Northwest winds of up to 30-40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible this afternoon and evening. Winds should decrease by Thursday morning


WIND ADVISORY – Northwest winds at 20-30 mph are possible, with gusts up to 45 mph this afternoon and evening. Winds will decrease starting Thursday morning.


A REMINDER – I-25 between Wheatland and Cheyenne is closed to light high profile vehicles due to 70 mph wind gusts that could pose a danger to such vehicles.

TODAY AND TONIGHT: As a clipper moves through our area this morning and afternoon, precipitation is expected. Temperatures will start out cooler but rise to the low 40s in places like Rapid City but remain below freezing in the Hills. Snow can be expected at higher elevations, while rain looks more likely in the foothills and plains, including Rapid City.

NAM 3K precipitation model through Early Thursday Morning

Expected Winds for this evening

Up to 3 inches of snow could fall, with varying amounts locally, particularly in southern Lawrence County. As winds pick up behind the cold front, blowing snow is a distinct possibility. The advisory is to caution drivers that visibility could be low at times, with slippery conditions and 45 mph wind gusts. Meade County and central/eastern Pennington County will likely see higher wind gusts, possibly in the 60 mph range, hence the High Wind Warning.

Winds will continue overnight and eventually subside toward Thursday morning.

ECMWF 500mb Height Anomalies model – This shows that a ridging pattern looks likely to persist into the foreseeable future, meaning warmer and drier weather. Forecasts can change though, as this is very far out.

THURSDAY THROUGH NEXT WEEK: A warm and dry pattern sets up starting Thursday going all the way into next week. 40s on Thursday will be followed by 50 degree temperatures on Friday and Saturday.  Friday night’s low could stay above freezing.

A few clouds are possible Sunday through Tuesday, with high temperatures looking to hang around the mid-40s. No precipitation is even hinted at in the long-range forecast. A period of dry weather looks like leading all the way to middle to late next week.


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