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Snow to follow ‘quiet’ weather moving into the new year

GILLETTE, Wyo. – Confidence is increasing for potential snowfall forecast for the first days of 2023, according to the National Weather Service. 

Mainly quiet weather is expected for the last days of 2022, NWS says, with slightly above average temps in the mid-30s and 40s for highs and lows in the mid-teens to mid-20s. 

Sunny to mostly sunny skies are forecast for the next couple of days before a 20% chance of snow on Saturday, per NWS, with a system bringing increased chances for snow moving into the area on New Year’s Day. 

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“At this point, it looks like energy ahead of the system could bring accumulating snow sometime on New Year’s Day into New Year’s night across western areas from northeast Wyoming to the Black Bills and parts of western SD,” NWS says. 

The system could bring three to six inches of snow in the southern portions of the forecast area accompanied by a wintry mix or freezing rain early on, especially toward central South Dakota, NWS says. 

“Again, it will probably take a couple of more days for models to come into a better consensus on the track and timing,” NWS says, adding that the system should exit most of the area by Tuesday morning.