More than a foot of a snow could pummel Deadwood, Lead and the higher elevations in the Northern Hills this weekend, according to a National Weather Service forecast.
"Right now, we are looking at a storm to move into the area Friday evening that will continue Saturday night,” Forecaster Melissa Smith said Thursday morning.
That storm could dump four to six inches on Rapid City, forecaster Scott Rudge said Thursday afternoon. Two to four inches fell Wednesday night and early Thursday in Rapid City. Deadwood and Lead could receive as much as 18 inches of snow on Friday night and Saturday.
Harding County in the northwest corner of the state is expecting around a foot of “heavy, wet snow” and winds from 40 to 50 miles per hour this weekend, according to a Facebook post. “Button down people, this could be a dandy,” the post said.
The National Weather Service forecast for eastern South Dakota calls for eight to 12 inches in Aberdeen and Watertown and six to eight inches in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Huron and Mitchell. Pierre and Chamberlain also are expecting between six and eight inches of snow.
Gusting winds could be a problem for some travelers, too.
Winds of up to 30 to 40 miles per hour in the westernmost parts of the state could create snow blowing conditions that Smith said could make travel "difficult if not impossible."
"Travel's not going to be good," Rudge concurred.
An updated forecast, meanwhile, is calling for four to six inches for areas in the south central part of the state, fewer than initially predicted.
All regions affected by the storm can expect temperatures in the mid- to upper 20s. Below-average temperatures may continue for the next two weeks.
Weather models also suggest that more snow could fall in Rapid City in the middle of next week.
"We're not out of the woods yet," Smith said.
The man shot by police in Rosebud earlier this year died from a gunshot wound and neck injury, according to his death certificate.
Jacob Archambault, a 25-year-old from St. Francis, died Jan. 27 from a gunshot wound to the chest, orthopedic decapitation and a car crash, according to the death certificate. An orthopedic decapitation occurs when the skull separates from the spinal column.
While it was clear that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services shot at Archambault, it wasn't initially clear whether he was hit or how he died until the Journal obtained his death certificate.
Soon after the shooting, FBI spokesman Kevin Smith said Archambault "died as the result of a tribal officer-involved shooting." RST Police Chief Marlin Enno said it was unclear if the man was hit, and, if so, if he died from the shooting or the impact of the car crash.
Archambault died around 7:08 p.m. inside his car on Spotted Tail Lane in Rosebud, the certificate says. His manner of death was ruled a homicide — meaning he was killed by another person — and he was injured due to the police pursuit and gunfire, the documents says. Not all homicides — such as certain accidents and self-defense killings — are criminal.
The incident began Jan. 27 with a report of an intoxicated man breaking windows and threatening a family in St. Francis, RST police said in a press release. A caller gave a description of the man's vehicle once he left the area.
An RST officer tried to stop the vehicle once he saw it in Rosebud, according to the release. But the man drove away toward a housing area. Another officer joined the pursuit and the suspect's vehicle drove up a gravel trail that leads to the Soldier Hill homes. Officers were able to identify Archambault and realized he had a tribal warrant.
Once at the top of the trail, Archambault was unable to drive onto the pavement road and was blocked by two police cars, the release said. Archambault then rammed his vehicle into one of the police cars. The officers fired at his vehicle, which went over a cliff and rolled to the bottom. The RST Ambulance Service pronounced Archambault dead at the scene and tried to extricate him from the vehicle.
Enno and Smith have not provided the names of the officers who shot Archambault, and Smith said there's no new public information about the case.
Three days after it was dropped, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's package to curb violent pipeline protests has flown through both chambers of the Legislature.
Noem dropped Senate Bills 189 and 190 on Monday. On Wednesday, a joint hearing was held on the bills. By Thursday, the Legislature suspended rules in order to pass both bills out of both chambers on the same day.
SB 189 establishes civil penalties for "riot boosting," or contributing money to or encouraging protesters who engage in violence. SB 190 creates a funding source for extraordinary costs attributed to pipeline protests, sourced from local, state and federal dollars, as well as contributions from the pipeline company.
The package was introduced ahead of the looming construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. Noem has said she hopes the bills prevent South Dakota from seeing protests like those in North Dakota on the Dakota Access pipeline.
The bills passed overwhelmingly on both sides: SB 189 by 30-4 in the Senate and by 53-13 in the House, and SB 190 by 31-3 in the Senate and 58-8 in the House.
Noem said in a Thursday news conference that the bills were introduced in the final days of the session because her staff wanted to spend ample time on the package before bringing it forward, only having taken office in January. The governor's office coordinated with representatives of TransCanada, law enforcement, local governments and state agencies to draft the bills.
"What we wanted to make sure of was that we brought legislation that was ready, that was right, that did what we wanted it to do, that was well thought-out and was responsible," Noem said. "That is why you saw us introduce it on Monday."
Opponents of the bill have critiqued the rush to get the bills passed in the final days of the session, and the notable absence of consultation with South Dakota's tribal leaders while crafting the bills.
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, said that while he understood these criticisms, it would have been "unreasonable" to expect the package earlier.
"It's our job as legislators instead of to critique the process, recognize that this is within the process and to take a look at the policy," he said.
House Minority Leader Rep. Jamie Smith, D-Sioux Falls, disagreed. In a Thursday morning news conference before the bills' floor votes, he said, "The process that these bills have gone through leads to distrust in government."
Rep. Shawn Bordeaux, D-Mission, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said he was "greatly offended" by the bills' process and that "some of us were left out of the puzzle."
Noem said at a news conference Monday, "I’m well aware that some of our leaders are not in favor of the pipeline, although we should all be in favor of it being peaceful."
Her office's legal counsel at Wednesday's hearing said the tribes were not involved in discussions because the proposed pipeline route does not go through federally recognized reservations.
Rep. Peri Pourier, D-Pine Ridge, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, agreed that the tribes don't want to see violent protests. But she said that they should have been included in talks with the governor as to how to prevent violence and that lack of consultation with North Dakota's tribes was one of the reasons why protests broke out in Standing Rock in the first place.
"Maybe we don't need a riot boosting bill," Pourier said. "Maybe we could tackle the problem head-on at the root cause of it (instead of) just moving ahead without the people who really matter the most."