Photo of Deadwood snow- Ian Czephya <–snow near Deadwood, SD.  Nearby up to 40″ of snow was reported!  If you think the weather changes fast here in Michigan, check out western South Dakota!   Sunday afternoon the sun was shining and temperatures were in the upper 70’s at Rapid City.  Twenty-Four hours later, temperatures had crashed to the low-mid 20s and a blizzard was raging with wind gusting to over 60 mph.  At one point the police in Rapid City were responding to 13 accidents, including seven with injuries.  Two of the accidents involved police cars aiding other accident victims (law enforcement deserves our thanks and support).  I-90 was closed and the airport in Rapid City has been closed for 36 hours.  The Red Cross has provided sleeping bags for gas stations along the Interstate and stranded motorists were sleeping at the gas stations.  The Post Office announced that they will not deliver mail until the winds subside (you know it’s bad when the Post Office stops mail delivery).  The peak wind gust overnight in Rapid City was 97 mph.  Government offices, schools and Mt. Rushmore were closed.  Over two feet of new snow is reported near Deadwood and Spearfish with drifts over 8-feet high!

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