Narrative - Overnight South Dakota Weather Summary

WEATHER SUMMARY FOR SOUTH DAKOTA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
1138 AM CDT TUE MAR 24 2009

A POWERFUL SPRING STORM CENTERED NEAR PICKSTOWN MONDAY EVENING MOVED
SLOWLY NORTH TO NEAR HURON SOUTH DAKOTA THIS MORNING. BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS RAGED THROUGH THE NIGHT ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA.
SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...AND NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING OVER 60 MPH
CREATED CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW AND WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS. A WIND GUST TO 80 MPH WAS MEASURED IN DOWNTOWN RAPID
CITY AT 1209 AM MDT. ROADS AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE REGION WERE
CLOSED. CLOSER TO THE MISSOURI RIVER...FREEZING RAIN FELL OVERNIGHT
NEAR AND WEST OF PIERRE AND NEAR MOBRIDGE. FREEZING RAIN AT HAYES
PRODUCED GLAZE ONE QUARTER INCH THICK. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING
SPREAD RAPIDLY NORTHWARD...BRINGING BRIEF HEAVY RAINFALL. A FEW
STORMS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PRODUCED DAMAGING WINDS. OVERNIGHT SKIES
WERE CLEAR AT TIMES ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL.

HEAVIEST RAINS FROM THIS STORM OCCURRED EAST OF DE SMET...MAINLY
SUNDAY NIGHT. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES RAINFALL OF 2 TO 6 PLUS INCHES
FROM NORTH OF HOWARD TO CLEAR LAKE. ROADS WERE FLOODED OVER AND MANY
HOMES HAD WATER IN BASEMENTS IN THE TOWNS OF HETLAND...LAKE PRESTON
AND OLDHAM.

HEAVIER SNOW TOTALS FROM THIS STORM INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SITES...

CITY               SNOWFALL     CITY                SNOWFALL

DEADWOOD           30 INCHES    BEAR RIDGE          22 INCHES
WHITEWOOD          18 INCHES    MAURINE             12 INCHES
PORCUPINE          12 INCHES    ORAL                11 INCHES
BELLE FOURCHE       9 INCHES    SHADEHILL RESERVOIR  9 INCHES
HOT SPRINGS         8 INCHES    RAPID CITY AIRPORT   8 INCHES
HILL CITY         7.5 INCHES    PACTOLA DAM        7.5 INCHES
MISSION             5 INCHES    ROSEBUD              3 INCHES

EARLY MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES WERE FROM 20 TO 25 DEGREES ACROSS THE
WESTERN PRAIRIES...THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 20S ACROSS THE PRAIRIES WEST
OF THE MISSOURI RIVER VALLEY...AND IN THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S ALONG
AND EAST OF THE MISSOURI VALLEY EXCEPT UPPER 30S TO NEAR 40 DEGREES
FAR NORTHEAST. BEAR RIDGE...BUFFALO AND HOOVER WERE THE COLDEST ON
THE PRAIRIES AT 20 DEGREES. IN THE BLACK HILLS...TEMPERATURES COOLED
TO 18 DEGREES AT NEMO...17 DEGREES AT CUSTER AND PACTOLA DAM AND 11
DEGREES AT DEERFIELD.

AT 11 AM CDT SKIES WERE PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY NEAR THE EASTERN
BORDER...AND CLOUDY ELSEWHERE. SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
CONTINUED ACROSS MUCH OF THE WEST WITH WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH
FROM THE NORTHWEST. FREEZING RAIN WAS FALLING IN WINNER. WINDS
ACROSS THE EAST WERE FROM THE SOUTH OR SOUTHEAST AT 12 TO 24 MPH
WITH HIGHER GUSTS NEAR 30 MPH AT MADISON AND SIOUX FALLS.
TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE 30S NEAR AND EAST OF THE MISSOURI RIVER
VALLEY...AND IN THE 20S WEST. EXTREMES WERE FROM 19 DEGREES AT
BUFFALO TO 40 DEGREES AT SISSETON. WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES ACROSS
THE NORTHWEST WERE NEAR ZERO DEGREES.

ON THIS DATE IN 1937 HEAVY SNOW FELL ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE. SNOW
TOTALS FROM THAT DAY INCLUDE...

5 INCHES AT MITCHELL
5.5 INCHES AT BROOKINGS
6 INCHES AT LEMMON
7 INCHES AT HIGHMORE
8 INCHES AT COTTONWOOD
11.7 INCHES AT DUPREE
12.5 INCHES AT NEWELL
13 INCHES AT ABERDEEN AND PINE RIDGE
13.5 INCHES AT PIERRE
16 INCHES AT WATERTOWN
16.2 INCHES AT LEAD

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SHEEHAN



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