15th Anniversary of crippling Blizzard of '98 - KOTA Territory News

15th Anniversary of crippling Blizzard of '98


Monday was sunny and mild, but if you travel 15 years back to 1998, you'd be in day one of a five day blizzard that crippled KOTA Territory.
The storm began on February 25th, packing strong winds and heavy snowfall, especially in the Northern Black Hills.

People were stranded for days, left their cars abandoned on the road, and authorities responded to countless car accidents.

By the time all was said and done, Lead had picked up 103 inches of snow, for a depth on the ground of more than six feet, slightly less due to some compacting once on the ground.

The snow was localized though, Rochford only picked up 20 inches, and Rapid City, a mere 1.4 inches.

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