March 8, 2000 Blizzard

On March 8th, 2000 a blizzard affected portions of northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota. Below you can see a map of the snowfall that occurred.

March 8th, 2000 Snowfall Map

Detailed Snow Reports

Please note that the duplicate reports were taken later in the day and were updated storm information.

TIME(MST)  .....CITY LOCATION..... STATE  ...EVENT/REMARKS...
....COUNTY LOCATION....
0835 AM    BUFFALO                   SD   BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 3 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW
0840 AM CAMP CROOK SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 3 INCHES OF SNOW
0840 AM 28 E REDIG SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 3+ INCHES OF SNOW
0855 AM PRAIRIE CITY SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 PERKINS 3 INCHES OF SNOW
0855 AM GILLETTE WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 4-5 INCHES
0855 AM SPEARFISH SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 8 INCHES
0855 AM 8 W SPEARFISH SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 9 INCHES
0914 AM DEADWOOD SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 15 INCHES
0926 AM BLACK HAWK SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 5 INCHES OF SNOW WITH 3
TO 5 FOOT DRIFTS
0930 AM OELRICHS SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 FALL RIVER 2 INCHES OF SNOW WITH
VERY STRONG WINDS
0943 AM LEAD SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 12 INCHES
0949 AM RAPID CITY SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 PENNINGTON 4 INCHES OF SNOW WITH
MEASURED WIND GUSTS
OVER 60 MPH.
0954 AM ELLSWORTH AFB SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 2 INCHES OF SNOW WIND
GUSTS TO 67 MPH
1055 AM LEAD SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 16 INCHES REPORTED BY
LEAD FIRE DEPARTMENT
1230 PM DEVILS TOWER WY SNOW
03/08/00 CROOK 4 INCHES
1242 PM GALENA SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 14-15 INCHES
1242 PM BLACK HAWK SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 7 INCHES OF SNOW WITH 3
FOOT DRIFTS
0120 PM DEADWOOD SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 19 INCHES
0215 PM RECLUSE WY HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 6 INCHES
0218 PM SUNDANCE WY SNOW
03/08/00 CROOK 2-3 INCHES
0220 PM ALADDIN WY HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 CROOK 10 INCHES OF SNOW
0225 PM 18 N RECLUSE WY HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 8 INCHES
0230 PM 22 NW BELLE FOURCHE SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 BUTTE 6 INCHES OF SNOW
0230 PM 14 NW ALADDIN WY HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 CROOK 12 INCHES OF
SNOW...DRIFTS OF 2 TO 3
FEET.
0230 PM 10 N GILLETTE WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 3-4 INCHES
0232 PM HOOVER SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 BUTTE 4-5 INCHES OF SNOW
0233 PM VALE SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 BUTTE 4-6 INCHES OF
SNOW...DRIFTS TO 5 FEET
AND VISIBILITY LESS
THAN 150 YARDS
0235 PM 20 SE WRIGHT WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 3-4 INCHES
0235 PM WRIGHT WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 3 INCHES
0236 PM BELLE FOURCHE SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 BUTTE 6 INCHES OF SNOW
0240 PM 1 N RALPH SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 6-7 INCHES
0240 PM 7 NE BUFFALO SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 2-3 INCHES OF SNOW
0243 PM BISON SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 PERKINS 8 INCHES...BLOWING HARD
0243 PM LEMMON SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 PERKINS 6-7 INCHES
0250 PM FAITH SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 6 INCHES...BLOWING HARD
0250 PM 3 SE HARDING SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 6-8 INCHES OF SNOW
0251 PM UNION CENTER SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 6-8 INCHES...WIND GUSTS
TO 60 MPH THIS MORNING
0252 PM HOWES SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 4-5 INCHES WITH 1-3
FOOT DRIFTS VISIBILITY
LESS THAN 100 FEET
0255 PM HEREFORD SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 6 INCHES OF SNOW WITH
VERY STRONG WINDS
0255 PM CAMP CROOK SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 3-4 INCHES OF SNOW
0255 PM REVA SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 6-8 INCHES OF SNOW
0255 PM 3 SSE LUDLOW SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 HARDING 6 INCHES
0300 PM 6 SW ELM SPGS SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 4-6 INCHES...DRIFTS OF
2 TO 4 FEET
0315 PM 13 SE ROZET WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 3-4 INCHES
0315 PM 15 N WESTON WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 4-5 INCHES
0315 PM 2 SE GILLETTE WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 4-5 INCHES
0315 PM 2 NW ECHETA WY SNOW
03/08/00 CAMPBELL 3-4 INCHES
0315 PM LEAD SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 16 INCHES REPORTED BY
LEAD FIRE DEPARTMENT
0320 PM RAPID CITY SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 PENNINGTON 4 INCHES OF SNOW...WIND
GUSTS MEASURED OVER 60
MPH AT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
0325 PM 4 NW NEMO SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 8 INCHES
0325 PM 8 W SPEARFISH SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 11-12 INCHES
0325 PM 15 S DEADWOOD SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 8-9 INCHES AT CUSTER
CROSSING
0330 PM (RCA)ELLSWORTH AFB RAPID SD BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 6 INCHES OF
SNOW...MEASURED WIND
GUST TO 74 MPH
0337 PM PINE RIDGE SD SNOW
03/08/00 SHANNON 3-4 INCHES
0339 PM OELRICHS SD SNOW
03/08/00 FALL RIVER 5 INCHES
0339 PM DEADWOOD SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 20 INCHES
0340 PM    STURGIS                   SD   BLIZZARD
03/08/00 MEADE 7-8 INCHES
0345 PM SPEARFISH SD HEAVY SNOW
03/08/00 LAWRENCE 10 INCHES OF SNOW

Surface Maps

The following animation goes from the evening of March 6th to the afternoon of March 8th.

On thing to note on this animation is the effect of the cold front that drops south of of the northern Plains. This front is what turn the rain to snow across portions of the area.

Surface Map Animation

Sequence of Forecast Events

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, SD is responsible for issuing advisories and warnings for these types of winter storms. Here are the products we issued for this storm.

  • Tuesday, March 7th
  • 355 AM - issued a Winter Storm Watch highlighting the potential for a winter storm Wednesday
  • Tuesday, March 7th
  • 322 PM - issued a Blizzard Warning for late Tuesday night and Wednesday
  • Wednesday, March 8th
  • 319 PM - Blizzard Warnings are cancelled

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