Sunday's Wonderful Forecast
Beautiful weather is to stick around the Black Hills for the end of the weekend. A nice day, with temperatures in the 60s did come with some breezy winds through the afternoon on Saturday. As we move into the day Sunday, winds should let up a bit. That's a positive, and another positive is that temperatures will likely be at, or slightly warmer than where they were Saturday. If you live south and east of the Black Hills, upper 60s and lower 70s are in your forecast! To the north and west, temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s are more likely.
A cold front Sunday night will provide a decent chance for some light rain showers late in the day, lasting into early Monday. As cooler air moves in, I do not want to rule out an isolated snow shower within the Black Hills. It will also produce a slightly cooler day for Monday, with high temperatures in the 50s.
Temperatures will rebound on Tuesday. Widespread 70s are looking more and more likely. Wednesday will be dry and mild before an even stronger system throws a wrench into our fantastic warm stretch. Temps will fall into the 30s as a powerful low pressure swings by to our south. That will provide a good chance for accumulating snow across the viewing area.
Models have yet to come to a consensus on how much snow we'll see. Some even have much of the moisture falling as rain. One thing they seem to agree on is that the worst of the rain/snow will be to the south of the Black Hills, through the panhandle of Nebraska. Models range from 1" of snow in Rapid City to up around a foot. Count me in for 3-6" at the moment, but a northward track of that low pressure will alter expectations significantly.
Rapid City Airport
Normal High: 40°
Normal Low: 16°
Precipitation for today: 0.00" (-0.02")
Precipitation for February: 0.22" (-0.01")
Precipitation for 2017: 0.57" (+0.04")
Snowfall today: 0.0"
Snowfall since July 1st: 27.4" (+6.6")
Sunrise: 6:46 a.m.
Sunset: 5:26 p.m.
Old Records for Saturday, February 18th
Rapid City Airport
High: 71° (2016)
Low: -23° (2006)