Blizzard Predicted For Christmas Day

December 23, 2016 10:34 pm MT

RAPID CITY, SD A blizzard will develop Christmas Day over western South Dakota. Travel will become treacherous and likely impossible on the western South Dakota Plains.

A strong storm over the Rockies will track from Colorado into central South Dakota on Christmas Day, producing heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, and gusty winds over the Black Hills region.

Snow will develop over northeastern Wyoming late Christmas Eve and spread into western South Dakota Christmas morning. A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will develop over central South Dakota and turn to snow in the afternoon. The snow will end late Sunday night. Strong wind gusts will increase Christmas Day afternoon and persist through Monday morning, causing blowing snow. Wind chill readings will fall to -5 to -20 by Monday morning.

THE COMBINATION OF WIND AND SNOW WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL DURING THE STORM.

Rapid City, SD Weather Forecast Office

Watches, Warnings, & Advisories

snowfallopti122316

Graphic created 4:15 pm, December 23, 2016. National Weather Service, Rapid City, SD

One response to “Blizzard Predicted For Christmas Day

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s