Although a rash of early morning crashes kept Rapid City police busy Thursday, "Winter Storm Q" was a “non-event” for the city and most of western South Dakota, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

The storm that shut down Kansas City caused barely a ripple here once motorists adjusted to the dusting of snow that covered the area.

It was a busy Thursday morning as police responded to 10 fender benders between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. after commuters ventured out on the slick and snow-covered streets, according to police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel.

As the sun set Thursday, most of the 1-inch snowfall recorded in the city and at Rapid City Regional Airport had disappeared.

Farther east across the plains, 5 inches of snow in Todd County and 4 inches in Winner bested a reported 2 inches that fell in Jackson County.

Today’s forecast promises a few of improving weather, with temperatures lingering in the mid 30s and rising into the 40s Saturday before another system moves into the area Saturday afternoon.

As this next system arrives, there is a chance the first precipitation will fall as rain Saturday afternoon before changing to snow, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Katie Pojorli.

This next system will bring cooler temperatures and a chance for up to 2 inches of snow to the area by Sunday night, Pojorli said.

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