Blizzard hits Rapid City head on - KOTA Territory News

Blizzard hits Rapid City head on

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City wide power outages, loads of snow , impossible travel.

Remind you of 2008 and 2009?

An epic early season blizzard clobbers KOTA Territory with extreme fury.

Chris Cozak woke up this morning overwhelmed by the site of snow.

"To go from 85 degrees last week to this, it's a big change," said Cozak.

Not only is this an uncommon site so early in the year, but the amount we're receiving is also uncommon.

"For an early spring nobody is ready for it," said Lt. Jon Buxton, with the Rapid City Fire Department's Operation Division. "It catches everyone off guard but this is a good one."

With more snow in the forecast for the overnight hours firefighters are gearing up for a busy night.

"Ourselves, we have been on six or seven so far, but were not the only engine company running calls," said Buxton. "There's been several of them."

As road conditions worsen, Buxton says, the best way to stay safe is to stay off the roads.

"Today would be a good day to stay home," said Buxton. "Let highway folks get the streets cleared and they'll advise when it's prudent to travel. You're better off just holing up tonight."

This is some of the nastiest weather Rapid City has seen so early in the year.

Besides bad driving conditions another concern are the downed trees that are taking down power lines.This is a major concern because it causes fires even though the conditions are so wet.

"We struggle with this every year with the trees around here with the electricity and stuff like that," said Cozak. "It's not to bad when the snow isn't so heavy but this snow is."

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