48″ Of Snow Falls On South Dakota, Another Storm On The Way? Karen Dwindles

Written by on October 6, 2013 in United States of America with 0 Comments

As the first big winter storm of autumn 2013 winds down, so the counting has begun and may have ended. Up till now an incredible 48 inches of snow has been recorded near Deadwood, South Dakota while areas just outside of Rapid City reports 31 inches. For Rapid City itself, 23.1 inches has fallen within the downtown area which is within the top 3 greatest snowstorms on record. On top of the big snows, winds have gusted up to 71 mph. The shear weight of the heavy wet snow collapsed hundreds if not likely thousands of trees across many parts of Wyoming into South Dakota.

Rapid City, SD (Courtesy of Kenny Miller)

Rapid City, SD (Courtesy of Kenny Miller)

Here are some of those astonishing snow totals for this storm.

Source: weather.com

Source: weather.com

As well as a wicked cold side, the storm had a warm and severe weather side too. A cold front marked a sharp thermal gradient in which on one side of Nebraska the temperature was 32 while on the other side it was 85 degrees. Within the warm sector, multiple damaging and devastating tornadoes were produced. One of those tornadoes was an EF-4 which struck Wayne, Nebraska with estimated gusts of 166-200 mph.

Bennett, NE (Courtesy of Daily Mail)

Bennett, NE (Courtesy of Daily Mail)

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Here was the highs recorded yesterday across the country. Note how chilly it was in the Rockies while summer-like heat was found from the Plains to East Coast.

Source: weather.com

Source: weather.com

As for this morning on the backside of the storm, cold air drained south out of Canada and it got real cold, particularly over parts of Wyoming. Note the 9 degree temperatures within Yellowstone Park at 8am.

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Another Snowstorm On The Way?

Another Pacific storm will cross the Great Basin and Rockies and according to the ECMWF, this too winds up pretty good late next week into the weekend with the potential of producing yet more heavy snow.

Here’s the upper chart off the ECMWF.

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

The surface and precip chart shows the system winding up next Friday, likely bringing more string winds and heavy snow to Montana and Wyoming.

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

Although it’s rather far out, the model shows the system tracking further north and less cold but nonetheless, this next system could too bring big snows.

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

Here’s the latest snow chart off the ECMWF from now through next Saturday.

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

As for tropical storm Karen, she’s DEAD, killed by wind shear but could pose a big rain and flood threat to the Southeast.

Here’s the latest satellite imagery

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Here’s the QPF, if anything it could pose a flood threat up through the Appalachians.

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