For one Sioux Falls entrepreneur, a trip to Rapid City over the weekend turned into a winter adventure he will not soon forget.
Hugh Weber scheduled a speaking engagement in Rapid City months before anyone could imagine a major snow storm hitting the area. As the date approached, he started to become weary of making the trip.
"Despite the warnings, and the warnings were extremely effective, people still didn't really believe that it was going to be much of anything; they kind of expected it to blow through," Weber said.
Weber left for Rapid City a day early, driving through heavy wind and rain to get there. The storm did blow through, but it left plenty of snow behind. Photos Weber was able to take are images of an event he will never forget.
"The winds cause these drifts. I was on the 2nd floor and I woke up, my windows were completely, it wasn't a full drift, but they were completely snowed over. The wind was blowing so hard that it was kind of painting everything with snow regardless of how high you were," Weber said.
Weber was able to speak and make it back home once the roads were re-opened. He is originally from Northeast South Dakota and has experienced major wind and snow storms in the past. This one may top them all.
"As far as straight snow storms, I think it's the worst that I've ever seen. As far as straight fury of wind and snow, it was something that was memorable," Weber said.
Weber also noticed the amount of livestock lost during the storm, noting that he saw several cattle walking through the median of Interstate 90, as well as dozens of cattle lost along the fences.