An early season Blizzard has hammered South Dakota on Friday, October 4, 2013.
Reports of up to 2 feet of snow and winds in excess of 70mph were common by nightfall.
To view the latest storm reports from the National Weather Service in Rapid City, follow this link
Rapid City NWS Storm Reports
Hit "previous version" to see more storm spotter reports. There are dozens.
Rapid City has seen snow this early in October before.
According to the National Weather Service, 1.4 inches of snow fell on October 4 in 2005. That was the record snowfall for the date. October 4, 2013 is more than ten times the old record. The National Weather Service officially reported 20 inches of snow at 736PM, with snow still falling.
A "Civil Emergency" has been issued for Pennington County South Dakota. Here are the details.
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS BEING TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF
PENNINGTON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.
A BLIZZARD IS ONGOING ACROSS PENNINGTON COUNTY. NO TRAVEL IS ADVISED
ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTY THROUGH TONIGHT. TREES AND POWER LINES ARE
DOWN...MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR SNOW PLOWS TO CLEAN THE DEEP SNOW OFF
ALL OTHERS SHOULD AVOID THIS AREA. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR
LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.
STAY TUNED TO A LOCAL RADIO OR TV STATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.