A major winter storm was raging across South Dakota on this date in 1985

WEATHER SUMMARY FOR SOUTH DAKOTA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
1116 AM CST FRI MAR 03 2006

SKIES CLEARED OVER EAST CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA THURSDAY
EVENING...BUT NOT UNTIL AFTER MIDNIGHT FAR NORTHEAST. OTHERWISE...
HIGH PRESSURE ACROSS THE EASTERN DAKOTAS BROUGHT CLEAR SKIES AND
LIGHT WINDS TO THE RUSHMORE STATE. HOWEVER...EAST AND SOUTHEAST
WINDS INCREASED TO AROUND 10 MPH LATE ACROSS THE WESTERN PRAIRIES.

MUCH OF THE STATE HAD LOW TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 10 AND 15 DEGREES.
SOME LOCATIONS NEAR THE NORTH DAKOTA BORDER ACROSS THE NORTHEAST AND
NORTH CENTRAL DIPPED INTO SINGLE DIGITS WITH VICTOR THE COLDEST AT 7
DEGREES. LOW TEMPERATURES WERE MILDER...UPPER TEENS TO AROUND 20
DEGREES...ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST AND NEAR THE MONTANA BORDER.

AT 11 AM CST SKIES WERE CLOUDY OVER THE FAR NORTHEAST CORNER AND
PARTLY CLOUDY NEAR AND WEST OF THE JAMES RIVER FROM MITCHELL
NORTHWARD. THE REST OF THE STATE WAS SUNNY. TEMPERATURES WERE IN
THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 20S ACROSS THE NORTHEAST...THE UPPER 20S AND
LOWER 30S NORTHWEST THROUGH SOUTHEAST...THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 30S
SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL AND THE LOWER 40S FAR SOUTHWEST.
EXTREMES WERE FROM 19 DEGREES AT SISSETON TO 44 DEGREES AT PINE
RIDGE. WINDS WERE LIGHT FAVORING A SOUTHEAST OR EAST DIRECTION
ACROSS THE EAST AND FROM THE SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 20 MPH ACROSS THE
WEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL.

ON THIS DATE IN 1905 TEMPERATURES WARMED TO 75 DEGREES AT ACADEMY
AND RAPID CITY...76 DEGREES AT YANKTON AND 77 DEGREES AT MITCHELL
AND VERMILLION.

ON THIS DATE IN 1921 TEMPERATURES WARMED TO 75 DEGREES AT CAMP
CROOK...77 DEGREES AT COTTONWOOD AND HOT SPRINGS...AND 78 DEGREES AT
RAPID CITY AND WOOD.

ON THIS DATE IN 1985 A MAJOR WINTER STORM WAS RAGING ACROSS SOUTH
DAKOTA. THE STORM BEGAN ON THE 2ND AND CONTINUED INTO THE 4TH
WITH MUCH OF THE SNOW OCCURRING ON TODAYS DATE. MUCH OF THE STATE
HAD 10 TO 20 INCHES OF SNOW...WITH AMOUNTS OF TWO FEET OR MORE
ACROSS THE EAST CENTRAL AND NORTH OF PIERRE. WIND GUSTS TO 50 MPH
CREATED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND DRIFTS UP TO 20 FEET. MANY STATE
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS WERE IMPASSABLE. INTERSTATE 90 WEST OF MITCHELL
AND I-29 NORTH OF SIOUX FALLS WERE CLOSED. THE STORM CLOSED MOST
SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE AND MAIL WAS NOT DELIVERED UNTIL A FEW DAYS
AFTER THE STORM ENDED. ACROSS SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA THE
PRECIPITATION FELL AS RAIN...FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET WITH ICE
ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 3 INCHES IN PLACES. ICE AND HIGH WINDS DOWNED
MANY POWER POLES...ESPECIALLY SOUTHWEST OF SIOUX FALLS IN TURNER AND
HUTCHINSON COUNTIES. TREE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE OCCURRED DUE TO THE
HEAVY ACCUMULATION OF ICE...ALONG WITH LOSS OF LIVESTOCK DUE TO A
LACK OF ELECTRICITY. A 400 FOOT TOWER SOUTHWEST OF PARKER FELL EARLY
ON THE 4TH...SMASHING INTO A BUILDING DOING DAMAGE TO THE ROOF AND
INTERIOR. SNOW TOTALS FROM THIS STORM INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

8 INCHES AT ALEXANDRIA AND BONESTEEL
10 INCHES AT BELLE FOURCHE AND MOBRIDGE
11.1 INCHES AT SIOUX FALLS
11.7 INCHES AT MITCHELL
12 INCHES AT ACADEMY
13 INCHES AT WINNER
14 INCHES AT PLATTE
15 INCHES AT GREGORY...PIERRE...RAPID CITY AND TIMBER LAKE
16 INCHES AT WHITE LAKE
17 INCHES AT MADISON
17.1 INCHES AT ABERDEEN
17.2 INCHES AT WATERTOWN
18 INCHES AT FLANDREAU
18.5 INCHES AT CHAMBERLAIN
19 INCHES AT FORESTBURG AND MC LAUGHLIN
20 INCHES AT DUPREE AND VICTOR
22 INCHES AT HIGHMORE
25 INCHES AT BROOKINGS AND SELBY
25.6 INCHES AT HURON
28 INCHES AT BRYANT AND FAULKTON
29 INCHES AT DE SMET
33 INCHES AT MILBANK

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SHEEHAN




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