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Winter weather washing over weekend

October 7, 2018

NORTHERN HILLS — A winter storm is expected to hit the Black Hills Saturday night and continue through Monday evening.

“It looks like we won’t really start seeing anything too significant up there, I would not think till after midnight Saturday night,” Jeff Johnson, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Rapid City said. “It’ll probably be fairly heavy during the day on Sunday and then steady precipitation right through Monday before it starts to taper off Monday night.”

Johnson said the higher elevations should expect and prepare for a consistent smattering of snow throughout Sunday and Monday with periods of lighter snowfall. He recommended preparing for winter driving conditions.

“Right now we’re looking at the potential for 6 to 10 inches or so up in the Hills,” he said. “But would not be surprised to see higher amounts especially as you get into the higher elevations.”

The highs for Sunday and Monday are expected to stay within the upper 20s and lower 30s, which could be a mixed bag of positives and negatives, Johnson said.

“Not a really cold storm,” Johnson said. “So that’s going to help a little bit in terms in limiting the amount of snow accumulation.”

However, Johnson explained that with the temperatures not dropping terribly low, the snow accumulated would likely be wet and heavy.

“There could be some issues with heavy snow collecting on branches and even roofs and power lines,” he said.

Right now the weather advisory is only a “watch” situation; however, Johnson said as the weather service continues to monitor the storm it may get bumped up to a “warning” during the day Saturday.

“The models that we’re looking at have been quite consistent with this storm moving in,” he said. “As long as they continue the consistency that they’ve had we’ll likely, within the next 24 hours, have to do some upgrading. In all likelihood the Black Hills at some point could be in a warning.”

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