Storm brings a white Christmas to parts of the Black Hills region

December 26 - A storm system brought snow to the plains Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, giving the Black Hills and southwestern South Dakota a white Christmas. Other stations on the western South Dakota plains had snow remaining on the ground from previous storms. The greatest storm total snowfall was 5.0 inches at Oral; the highest snow depth measured on Christmas Day was seven inches at Opal. Total snowfall measurements for the storm and official snow depths for December 25 include:

                Total       Snow Depth on 
Location Snowfall Christmas Day
-------- -------- -------------
2N Ardmore 3.2" 2"
Cottonwood Trace 0
Dupree Trace 3
Edgemont 4.5 4
Fort Meade 2.0 2
4SE Gillette Trace 0
Hill City 2.7 3
Hoover 0.5 2
Hot Springs 3.2 3
Hulett 1.0 3
6N Kirley 0.0 1
2E Kyle 2.0 2
Lead 3.6 M
Lemmon 1.0 1
Milesville Trace 3
14S Mission 0.0 0
Mount Rushmore 2.0 2
Oglala 3.7 4
Opal Trace 7
Oral 5.0 5
Pactola 2.4 2
1NW Piedmont 3.1 2
Rapid City Arpt 3.0 2
Rapid City NWS 3.6 3
4NW Rapid City 2.0 2
Red Owl Trace 3
Spearfish 2.0 2

Map of snowfall from December 24-26:

Snowfall in the Black Hills region for Dec 24-26



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