GILLETTE, Wyo. — Button up the jackets and break out the snow shovels: The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, is warning of a Thanksgiving snowstorm capable of producing up to 7 inches of snow in Campbell County.
First, though, there are a couple of warm days. Today will be sunny with a high of 52. Windchills early on will be as low as 20 as winds come from the west at 7–10 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy as the low falls to around 35. Winds will come from the southwest at 13–17 mph.
Wednesday will be even warmer ahead of the cool front bringing the snowstorm. The high is forecast at 56 degrees under sunny skies. Winds will come from the southwest at 10–14 mph, transitioning to come from the north in the afternoon.
The cold front will slide into the region Wednesday night. There will be a chance of rain and snow after 11 p.m. There will be increasing clouds in the sky, and the low will fall to around 26.
Forecast models now show an 80% chance of snow on Thanksgiving Day. The temperature will get to 32 degrees, but by 5 p.m. fall to around 24. Winds will come from the northeast at 10–15 mph with gusts as high as 22 mph possible. The winter storm watch, in effect from midnight Thursday to noon Friday, warns of possible snow accumulations of 4–7 inches, with coinciding travel conditions.
“If traveling on Thanksgiving Day through Friday, especially the Black Hills area south and westward, stay updated on the latest forecasts,” meteorologists wrote in the forecast discussion.
Thursday night will see a continued 80% chance for snow. The low will fall to about 13. Winds will continue from the northeast at 10–15 mph with gusts of up to 22 mph.
Friday will start with a 30% chance for snow before 11 a.m. Skies will remain mostly cloudy, and the high will max out around 20 degrees. Overnight, the low will be around 3 degrees.
“Temperatures will be mostly 5 to 15 degrees below average through the holiday weekend and into early next week. Forecast is mainly dry right now after Friday, but cannot rule out a bit of light snow and/or flurries developing late this weekend or early next week in some areas,” meteorologists wrote.
Although temperatures will be rising through the weekend, it’s not going to be very warm. Saturday’s forecast high is 22 with a low of 11. Sunday should see the high get to 27 while the low is forecast at 8. Monday will see a high near 29.
Skies all weekend long are expected to be mostly sunny.