March 23-24, 2009 Blizzard

A 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
Fort Meade, SD           16
Hoover, SD               16
Opal, SD                 16
11 N Porcupine, SD       12
SW Shadehill, SD         11.6
Rapid City Airport, SD  11.5
Oral, SD                 11
Downtown Rapid City, SD  8.4
Hot Springs, SD          8
Hill City, SD            8
Pactola, SD              7.7
14 NE Upton, WY          7.5
Mission, SD              6
Wind Cave, SD            5.6
Edgemont, SD             3
Newcastle, WY            3

Additional reports from spotters and other volunteer observers include:

4 NNW Whitewood, SD      18 inches
15 NNE Recluse, WY       15
2 SE Colony, WY          12
Spearfish, SD            12
10 SW Rapid City, SD     12
3 WNW Rapid City, SD     12
Gillette, WY             10
9 N Box Elder, SD        10
5 E Rapid City, SD       8.2
5 WNW Moorcroft, WY      8
4 E Four Corners, WY     8
4 WSW Hot Springs, SD    8
7 SSE Bison, SD          8
7 SW Oelrichs, SD        7
Deerfield, SD            6
5 SW Rapid City, SD      6
3 ENE Newell, SD         6

Wind gusts as high as 80 mph whipped the snow into drifts four to six feet high.

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