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Winter storm expected to slam Black Hills on Saturday
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Winter storm expected to slam Black Hills on Saturday

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Courtesy of the National Weather Service Rapid City.

Friday's temperatures around the Black Hills reached the mid-60s, but a seasonal change is underway for Easter weekend, with the National Weather Service issuing a winter storm warning until noon Sunday.

Weekend snow, up to 10 inches, is possible in Rapid City and over a foot of accumulation is likely in many parts of the higher elevations.

Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Rapid City issued the winter storm warning for the northern foothills, the Rapid City area and the Sturgis/Piedmont foothills, making a potential mess for those social-distancing Easter egg hunts and church services across southern South Dakota and northern Nebraska.

The warning is in effect from noon Saturday until noon Sunday, with temperatures as low as the teens and highs in the 30s.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City said the heaviest snowfall will be from Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Snow totals of six to nine inches are expected across southern South Dakota, with amounts over a foot possible across the Black Hills.

Additionally, the National Weather Service's forecast said some upslope enhancement could produce nine to 12 inches of snowfall across the foothills from the Spearfish to Sturgis areas.

The remainder of the plains areas should see three to seven inches of snow. Breezy northerly winds will also support areas of blowing and drifting snow late Saturday night into Sunday.

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