Recap of the March 13-14, 2019 Winter Storm

Weather

The center of the storm system kicked out of the desert southwest and moved northeast over the two days. The center of the storm grew quite strong, strong enough that if it were over the open ocean, it would have likely been considered a strong tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane. Gusts were up to 60 to 70 mph in KELOLAND but other places in the Midwest had wind gusts up to 80 to 90 mph!

TOP 10 WIND REPORTS IN KELOLAND:

LOCATIONCOUNTYSTSPEED (in MPH)
1 E DOWNTOWN RAPID CITYPENNINGTONSD70
RAPID CITY AIRPORTPENNINGTONSD68
ABERDEENBROWNSD68
MITCHELL MUNICIPAL AIRPORTDAVISONSD67
3 ESE PINE RIDGEOGLALA LAKOTASD66
LAKE ANDESCHARLES MIXSD65
6 W ROCHFORDPENNINGTONSD65
3 E PHILIPHAAKONSD64
JEWEL CAVECUSTERSD64
HURON REGIONAL AIRPORTBEADLESD63

This storm brought loads of moisture which was evident by the abundance of snow in the cold sector and flooding in the warm sector. The greatest amount of snow fell in the southwest corner of the region and the southeast had the greatest amount of rain.

TOP 10 SNOW REPORTS:

LOCATIONCOUNTYSTSNOWFALL (in INCHES)
KADOKAJACKSONSD18.3
8 SE INTERIORJACKSONSD18
2 ESE OKREEK TODDSD16
7 NW CEDAR BUTTEMELLETTESD16
4 SE DEERFIELDPENNINGTONSD16
2 SW NORRISMELLETTESD15
JOHNSON SIDINGPENNINGTONSD14.7
5 ESE NORRISMELLETTESD14.7
3 ESE CHEYENNE CROSSINGLAWRENCESD13.5
1 NNW DOWNTOWN SPEARFISHLAWRENCESD11

TOP 10 RAIN REPORTS:

LOCATIONCOUNTYSTRAINFALL (in INCHES)
6 ESE BALTICMINNEHAHASD3.15
14 NNE SIOUX FALLSMINNEHAHASD3.14
BRIDGEWATERMCCOOKSD3.13
10 S FEDORAMINERSD3.04
9 NNE FULTONHANSONSD3.04
CLAYTONHUTCHINSONSD3.04
YANKTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORTYANKTONSD2.99
1 ESE VERMILLIONCLAYSD2.96
TYNDALLBON HOMMESD2.83
5 NNW ETHANDAVISONSD2.65

In addition to the wind, rain, and snow reports, there were several blizzard reports that convey problems many are having with snow drifts. While some of these didn’t get the most impressive snowfall amounts, it was the wind and snow that caused problems.

IMPRESSIVE BLIZZARD REPORTS:

CountySTRemark
FALL RIVERSDVISIBILITY LESS THAN 1/8 MILE FOR MOST OF THE AFTERNOON. 6 INCHES NEW SNOW WITH 6 TO 8 FOOT DRIFTS
BUTTESDCONSISTENT WINDS TO 35-40 MPH AND VERY LOW VIS. MOST ROADS DRIFTED OVER
MEADESDVISIBILITY 100-200 YARDS FOR MUCH OF THE DAY
MEADESDNEAR ZERO VISIBILITY BEGINNING AROUND 11PM. WINDS GUSTED TO 60 MPH FREQUENTLY WITH 4 TO 5 FOOT DRIFTS
CUSTERSDVISIBILITY LESS THAN 1/8 MILE AFTER 5PM. WIND GUSTS 60-70 MPH
MEADESDVISIBILITY 1/4 MILE OR LESS AROUND 5PM THROUGH MORNING. DRIFTS 2-4 FEET WITH 3-4 INCHES OF SNOW.
JACKSONSDVISIBILITY LESS THAN 1/8 MILE FROM 4PM THROUGH MORNING. TOTAL SNOWFALL 17 TO 20 INCHES
CORSONSDVISIBILITY LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE MOST OF THE MORNING. CONDITIONS EVEN WORSE OUTSIDE OF TOWN.
TODDSDVISIBILITY LESS THAN 1/4 MILE 4PM CDT THROUGH THIS MORNING. AROUND 16 INCHES OF TOTAL SNOW. GUSTS TO 50 MPH
BENNETTSDNEAR ZERO VISIBILITY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS MORNING. DRIFTS 5 TO 6 FEET
TRIPPSDVISIBILITY 1/4 MILE OR LESS WITH FREQUENT WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 45 TO 50 MPH.
MARSHALLSDVISIBILITY NEAR 0. ROADS IMPASSIBLE IN PLACES FROM BRITTON WEST TO 281 IN ABERDEEN.
MELLETTESDLESS THAN 1/4 MILE VISIBILITY SINCE 4PM CDT YESTERDAY. DRIFTS 8 TO 9 FEET.

Special thanks to the local NWS offices for help gathering all this weather data!

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