An average March in South Dakota can drop anywhere from six to nine inches of snow. But in any given year, it seems where you live determines whether or not you'll get heavy snow in March. Here's what I mean.
Over the past four years, Sioux Falls has not had more than four inches of snow in March. Prior to those years, 2003 through 2008, Sioux Falls has been over four with amounts in the teens twice.
Over the past ten years, Aberdeen has been under four inches of snow only three times: just last year with a tenth of an inch, nothing in 2010 and under two in 2005.
Pierre has been under four inches four times since 2003, with as little as nothing last March. But in 2006 the capital city saw nearly two feet of snow.
Rapid City received over two feet in March of 2009 and 2006, but under four inches of snow also fell five times since 2003, including nothing in downtown Rapid City last March.
While snow amounts were not anywhere near the original forecast, it still looks like an active March is ahead. That is good news for those looking water.