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First Major Snowstorm Hits Northern Black Hills

January 2, 2013, 5:00 PM by Derek Olson

First Major Snowstorm Hits Northern Black Hills

Winter whipped through western South Dakota on Wednesday. The system hit the Northern Black Hills hard, pounding some spots around Lead and Deadwood with more than a foot of fresh snow.

"Oh, it's great! Got up early this morning at the house and had a couple of inches down there. And got up here and had ten to twelve inches of snow.  It's been a long time coming but it sure is nice to see it," Terry Peak's president and general manager Tom Marsing said.

"It's awesome today. The last couple of days have been pretty icy, but with all the snow it's been really fun; lots of drifts, easy to carve, and go really fast," snowboarder Erik Burnison said.

Terry Peak already has a number of runs open, but the latest storm could help to open up even more of them.

"It keeps snowing, we might not need any more manmade snow at all, so if we get another foot we could get everything open," Marsing said.

For skiers and snowboarders, the winter storm is good news.  But for folks shoveling the snow, that's another story because the wet and heavy snow that skiers love, also leads to backbreaking work.

"I'd have to say about a foot, or close enough," Lead resident James Rogers said.

But in spite of the heavy task at hand, James Rogers doesn't mind shoveling as long as the work pays off and the snow brings more business to town.

"I'm happy. We need the snow, need the skiers, snowmobilers.  It's awesome," Rogers said.

And you don't need to look far to find plenty of others who agree.

In spite of the snowfall, the roads in and around Lead and Deadwood weren't as bad as you might imagine.  There were numerous plows on the roads helping to stay ahead of the ten to 16 inches that the storm brought.

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