‘Historic’ Black Hills blizzard rages, 37 inches and counting, 68 mph winds

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, winter came on October 4th.

Whiteout along I-90 at Spearfish, SD.Image: South Dakota Department of Transportation

Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are raking the Black Hills in western South Dakota today. I-90 has been closed from the Wyoming state line into the Black Hills. The storm has already produced 37 inches of snowfall at Lead, and many totals may reach 3+ feet in the Black Hills.  Here’s a look at snowfall totals so far from the Rapid City NWS.

Image: Rapid City NWS

So far the heaviest snowfall report comes from Lead, where 37 inches has fallen, and it is still snowing.

Image: Rapid City NWS

Wind are gusting over 60 mph with the storm. The Rapid City NWS recorded a gust to 68 mph Friday afternoon in downtown Rapid City! That’s a severe thunderstorm and blizzard all in one.

Image: Rapid City NWS


The Rapid City NWS is calling this an ‘historic’ storm, with snowfall forecasts up to 3 feet in the Black Hills.

Image: Rapid City NWS/Facebook

Bands of heavy snow continue to rake the Black Hills. Here’s the Rapid City doppler shot Friday afternoon.

Image: Weather Underground

Sustained winds of 36 mph and gusts to 60 mph have downed trees under the stress of heavy wet snow. Near zero visibility has closed numerous roads.

Image: Rapid City NWS

This is an historic blizzard for Rapid City and the Black Hills region. Thankfully Minnesota is on the milder side of this potent storm.

  • Pearly

    science damnit!