On the heels of last weekend's brutal blizzard, wild weather is once again expected to strike western South Dakota.
Another storm system will move into the area later today, packing more rain and the promise of high winds on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
A large, low pressure system is on its way. The storm is expected to cut a soggy swath out of the southwest through the central and northern plains, according to NWS meteorologist Jeff Schild.
"This will be a warmer system, so the only snow we expect at this time should be in the very high elevations of the Black Hills at this point," Schild said Wednesday.
Rain will start later today and continue through Friday. Temperatures are expected to linger in the mid-40s to 50s today and Friday.
"On Thursday afternoon and evening, there may be some thunderstorms with this system," Schild said. Some of those storms could be severe in southwest and south central South Dakota.
Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for the central and northern Black Hills, Pennington County plains, Meade, Haakon, Jackson, Harding, Perkins and Ziebach counties extending into Saturday morning. A broad section of the region could see an inch or more of rain, Schild said.
"There's a concern that having this rain on areas that are already quite saturated and still have some snow on the ground," Schild said.
The combination could produce flooding, he said.
"We already have higher stream flows from the runoff that is occurring from the past weekend storm," Schild said.
Along with the rain, residents should brace themselves for strong northwest winds of 35 to 45 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph across the region, Schild said.
"You might want to be a little selective about where you park," said Schild, referring to all the hanging tree limbs from last weekend's blizzard.
There's a promise of sunshine and temperatures in the 50s on Saturday, before the next system moves into the area bringing more rain late Sunday and a soggy cool down for the beginning of next week. Daytime temperatures are expected to dip into the 40s before reaching into the 50s again by Wednesday.