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Light Snow
30° F
-1° C
Light Snow
Rapid City
  • Feels Like: 18° F -8° C
  • Wind: 20 mph 32 kph at North
  • Humidity: 88%
  • Dew point: 27° F -3° C
  • Barometer: 29 inches millibars and rising
  • Sunrise: 7:26 AM MST
  • Sunset: 4:19 PM MST
Last updated 8:59 AM MST on December 25, 2014

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KOTA Territory Weather Snapshots 2014

Winter Solstice Double Rainbow

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More Weather Slideshows

Dec. 23 snowstorm viewer photos

Whoever asked for a white Christmas got their wish! Of course, we could have done without the wind making holiday travel a mess.  Anyway, thanks to our KOTA TV News fans for sending in some photos.

Spearfish Canyon Fall Colors 2014

The weekend of Sept. 20-21 saw the fall colors in Spearfish Canyon at about 75 percent; with a lot of autumn gold, some reds and yellows. Last year, the Oct. 4 blizzard ruined the colors before they peaked. While this year will be different, you can still see damage from that storm.

Facebook Fans' Fall Colors 2014

Thanks to our KOTA Territory News Facebook fans for posting their fall colors photos. Here's a slideshow of their work.

South Dakota Snow, Sept 11, 2014

Sept. 11 is definitely too early for snow, sticking or not ... it is too early. Having said that, thanks to all the KOTA Territory News Facebook fans for posting their scenes this morning. We didn't get all of them in this gallery so check out more on our Facebook page.

Wyoming Snow, Sept 11, 2014

Looks like Wyoming, mostly around Buffalo, got the brunt of this late summer ... yep, it is still summer ... snowstorm. It really is too early for this. However, thanks to all the KOTA Territory News Facebook fans for their photos.

Super Moon - September 2014

If you didn't take advantage of the view of the super moon Monday, Sept. 8, you probably missed the last one for a while since Tuesday night is overcast. So enjoy these KOTA Territory News Facebook posts from viewers.

Pollen in your area

Rapid City Airport Weather Almanac

Normal High: 36°
Normal Low: 12°
Record High: 60° in 1963
Record Low: -21° in 1983
Sunrise: 7:26 am
Sunset: 4:19 pm
Moonrise: 9:53 am
Moonset: 9:04 pm
Today's Moon Waxing crescent

Weather Forecast

Eric Gardner, Good Morning KOTA Territory/Noon News Meteorologist

Eric Gardner joined the KOTA news team in December of 2002 as a morning and noon meteorologist and news anchor. After a stint as the nightside main anchor, Eric returns to sunrise as the Good Morning KOTA Territory meteorologist.

A snowy Christmas Day and Christmas Night are in store for us as a strong storm system moves east through the Rockies. Snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches can be expected, with 4 to 8 inches in the Black Hills and far southwest South Dakota. Winds will pick up, 10 to 20 miles per hour, causing some blowing snow.

The snow will end by Friday morning, but it will remain cold. The chilly weather lasts through next week as an arctic cold front promises to bring the coldest air since November to us before the end of the year.


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