March 24th, 2009 at 12:58 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Photo of Deadwood snow- Ian Czephya <–snow near Deadwood, SD.  Nearby up to 40″ of snow was reported!  If you think the weather changes fast here in Michigan, check out western South Dakota!   Sunday afternoon the sun was shining and temperatures were in the upper 70′s at Rapid City.  Twenty-Four hours later, temperatures had crashed to the low-mid 20s and a blizzard was raging with wind gusting to over 60 mph.  At one point the police in Rapid City were responding to 13 accidents, including seven with injuries.  Two of the accidents involved police cars aiding other accident victims (law enforcement deserves our thanks and support).  I-90 was closed and the airport in Rapid City has been closed for 36 hours.  The Red Cross has provided sleeping bags for gas stations along the Interstate and stranded motorists were sleeping at the gas stations.  The Post Office announced that they will not deliver mail until the winds subside (you know it’s bad when the Post Office stops mail delivery).  The peak wind gust overnight in Rapid City was 97 mph.  Government offices, schools and Mt. Rushmore were closed.  Over two feet of new snow is reported near Deadwood and Spearfish with drifts over 8-feet high!

13 Responses to “Blizzard!”

  1. fixxxer says:


  2. Brenda says:

    OH MY GOSH !!!! Here I thought Michigan was bad !!! I thought it was cold in the UP last week. :) You just never know about Mother Nature !!!
    What happens if March goes out with a roar also? Long spring time? LOL

  3. Sherry (Comstock Park) says:

    That sounds like a little much. Especially for late March!!

  4. Craig H (Holly Rec Area) says:

    I remember vacationing for a week out in the Black Hills of SD in late September of 1995. It was in the upper 80′s to low 90′s most of the week. In fact, by Friday of that week it was 94*F AND Winter Storm Watches were posted on that Friday for up to a foot of snow for Saturday nite through Sunday. Michigan mood swings are mild compared to that part of the country!!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      i doubt it went from 94f to snow storms in one day.

  5. Ruth Peterson says:

    my niece and family live in Rapid City and she told us about the heat on Sunday and the major blizzard last night and today…..unbelievable.

  6. Jevon Murphy (Dalton Township) says:

    Wow! That is a crazy temp. change!

  7. hamtramick stan in gr says:

    aggre with fixxxer
    no more snow
    tis the time for motorcycle riding weathert that mean 60 degrees or higher and dry roads

  8. Judy I says:

    I’m glad I’m not living in South Dakota, Michigan is bad enough with the cold weather!

  9. Barbara in Kazoo (S. 6th & N Ave. (west central Kalamazoo Co.) says:

    I would have loved to be there. When was the last time WE had a blizzard that lasted more than 6 hours?

  10. Bob P. :o) (St.Johns) says:

    powerful spring blizzard brought heavy snow and strong winds to the Black Hills area Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24. The storm followed record-breaking temperatures in the 70s on March 21 and 22.

    Storm total snowfall from cooperative observing stations around the Black Hills include:

    Lead, SD 43.7 inches
    2 NE Deadwood, SD 30.7
    8 W Spearfish, SD 25

  11. Brandon says:

    fixxxer says:
    March 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    i doubt it went from 94f to snow storms in one day.

    I do not doubt this one bit…considering it was a time span of close to 36 hours, and it was late September. I would say that you have probably not been out to our area of the country to often, because changes in weather occur rapidly and often times without warning, a foot of snow is not out of the common after very warm temperaturs

  12. Jelisabeth says:

    I lived in the western part of ND. Geologically, the W part of ND and SD are the same, topography the same, other than the Black Hills in very SW part of SD. I remember in Sept. I was coming to MI and temps got into the 90′s. By the time I left at about 8 PM, it was in the 30s! I’ve seen the thermometer reach -44 below with neighboring town unofficially registering 52 below! (No such thing as factoring in wind!) When it’s that frigid, there is little wind and ice crystals are in the air and hamper sounds like train whistles! I’ve also felt 117 degree summer day with a 20-25mph wind-just like a blast furnace! ND is a state with some of greatest variations of temperature of any state in the nation.

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