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FXUS63 KUNR 181055

Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
355 AM MST Sun Feb 18 2018

.DISCUSSION...(Today Through Saturday)
Issued at 355 AM MST Sun Feb 18 2018

Current surface analysis shows low pressure over northwest SD,
with frontal boundary stretching from far northern WY to southeast
ND. Upper level analysis shows large scale trough digging
southeast across the Pacific NW, with strong jet extending from OR
and northern CA to the Northern Rockies. The first disturbance
ejecting out of the trough is moving across northeast MT and ND,
with snowfall mainly north of the CWA. Local radar is showing some
areas of light snow further south along the frontal boundary from
southeast MT into parts of northwest SD. A wide range of
temperatures are noted across the forecast area, ranging from the
teens over northwest SD to around 40 from Gillette to far southern
SD. Winds are gusty from the south to southwest in the warmest

Models are in good agreement on upcoming winter storm and potential
snowfall across the area. Still just some minor differences on track
and overall timing of disturbances passing through the region over
the next couple of days. The further north solutions of the EC and
NAM seem to be correct, with the latest GFS now falling into line.
Confidence is high enough to issue winter storm warnings for much of
northeast WY and western SD. A winter weather advisory was issued
for far northwest SD, while a winter storm watch is in effect for
south central SD.

As the upper trough to the west digs further south and east across
the western states today and Monday, additional disturbances will
push through the area, with two stronger ones bringing the bulk of
snowfall. The first one will move into northeast WY later this
morning as the arctic boundary sags southward across the area. Snow
will develop by late morning over northeast WY and spread into the
Black Hills by early afternoon before moving into much of the
western SD plains late today and this evening. Arctic boundary will
push south of the forecast area by early afternoon, with
temperatures falling through the afternoon. Tightening baroclinic
zone and strong mid-level frontogenesis from parts of northeast WY
to west central SD will likely produce a band of heavier snowfall
across that area late today and tonight. This first wave will exit
late tonight/early Monday, with lighter snowfall lingering across
the area Monday. The second wave is forecast to lift northeastward
out of southeast WY and western NE Monday afternoon and move across
much of southwest and south central SD late Monday and Monday night.
Still some differences between the models on where and how much
snowfall is expected with this second wave, but the more signficant
snowfall with it should be south and east of the Black Hills.
Extended the winter storm watch to Tripp County with the potential
that they could get some heavier snow there as well. The upper
trough will then speed up and push east across the area later Monday
night and Tuesday, with snow tapering off and ending from west to
east Monday night into early Tuesday. Winds will not be too strong
with this storm, mostly 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts at times
on the plains. However, the fluffy nature of the snow should produce
some areas of blowing and especially drifting snow.

Latest projected snowfall totals show 6 to 12 inches across much of
the warning area, with locally higher amounts likely from southern
parts of northeast WY to the Black Hills area and into the west
central SD plains. 3 to 6 inches are likely across far northwest SD,
with the potential for 6 inches or more across south central SD,
most of that with the second wave later Monday and Monday night. The
other concern besides the snowfall will be the bitter cold and very
low wind chills from tonight through the first half of the week.
Wind chills will be below zero through the period, as low as 25
below to 35 below zero, especially later Monday night through
Wednesday morning.

The rest of the week looks mainly dry with some moderation of
temperatures toward the end of the week. Another large trough is
progged to dig south across the western states late in the week, but
should stay far enough south and west to limit impacts for most of
our area. However, a disturbance in southwest flow aloft could bring
a chance for snow to the south and east of the Black Hills Thursday
night into Friday. Low chances for snow are also possible by the
weekend, especially over northeast WY and the Black Hills, as
remnants of weakening western trough swing through the Plains.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS Through 06Z Sunday Night)
Issued At 1016 PM MST Sat Feb 17 2018

MVFR/local IFR ceilings will develop across northwest South
Dakota tonight...with some light snow possible. Low level wind
shear expected across much of western South Dakota overnight.
MVFR/IFR ceilings will become widespread across northeast Wyoming
and western South Dakota early Sunday as a cold front slides
through the area. Snow will increase in coverage early Sunday
across northeast Wyoming and spread into western South Dakota
Sunday afternoon. IFR/LIFR visibility expected with the snowfall.


SD...Winter Storm Warning from noon today to 11 PM MST Monday for

     Winter Storm Warning from 5 PM this afternoon to 5 AM MST
     Tuesday for SDZ013-014-030>032-041>044-073.

     Winter Storm Watch from this evening through late Monday night
     for SDZ046-047-049.

     Winter Weather Advisory from 5 PM this afternoon to 11 PM MST
     Monday for SDZ001-002.

     Winter Storm Warning from 5 PM this afternoon to 11 PM MST
     Monday for SDZ012-025>027-072-074.

WY...Winter Storm Warning from noon today to 11 PM MST Monday for

     Winter Storm Warning from 9 AM this morning to 11 PM MST Monday
     for WYZ054>056-058.

     Winter Storm Warning from 5 PM this afternoon to 11 PM MST
     Monday for WYZ071.



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