Despite a morning lull in snowfall in Rapid City, the National Weather Service is expecting another six to 12 inches of snowfall in the next 24 hours.
On Monday night, six inches to a foot of snow had fallen across the Black Hills, causing school cancellations, city election postponements, and turning the streets of Rapid City into a snow-packed ghost town.
David Carpenter, a Rapid City meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the "second wave" had already hit the Southern Hills.
"It's really just starting here at the weather office in downtown Rapid City," he said.
Fortunately, Carpenter said, 20 to 30 per mile hour winds are expected to steadily decrease tonight. While still blustery, speeds should fall to 15 to 20 miles per hour by Wednesday morning.
The storm is forecast to move eastward across South Dakota through this week, largely hitting the southern portion of the state along I-90.
"Interstate 90, East of Rapid City, is really not in good shape at all," Carpenter said. "The personal recommendation I have given to people who have called who are travelling east of here, I have been recommending that they don't give at all until Wednesday night."
Although the snow kept most customers away from Rapid City businesses today, it brought mixed blessings for some.
Steve Anderson, a retailer with Boyd's Wine and Spirits, said while customers were trickling in today, about twice as many people had bought alcohol on Monday than usual.
"Just about half of them commented, 'I've got to stock up before the coming storm'," he said.
Roxanne Pritzkau, an assistant manager at RC Liquor, said that trend was typical when heavy snow was predicted.
On Monday, wine was the beverage of choice for many.
"When it's cold outside they don't tend to go for the cold beer," she said.