Blizzard pounds South Dakota - 20-foot snowdrifts reported

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Blizzard pounds South Dakota 
20-foot snowdrifts reported
Now moving eastward

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7 Nov 08 – With snow coming down at the rate of 3 inches per hour, an early winter blizzard has already dropped 45.7 inches of snow near Deadwood, in the northern Black Hills. Many areas have received 10 inches to 2 feet of snow, and 20-foot snowdrifts have been reported on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwestern corner of the state.  
 

Rapid City, SD averages 5.2 inches of snow for the month of November.
 Reports indicate that this storm dumped up to 24 inches of snow on the area.
Thanks to Dan Hammer at www.climatepatrol.com for this photo.

Officials closed a long stretch of Interstate 90 through South Dakota where dozens of vehicles were trapped, some for more than 24 hours. Search teams can't get to them because of zero visibility.

Top speed for some rescue crews was as little as a half-mile per hour, said Tom Dravland, state Public Safety secretary

"We got 4-foot drifts in some places," said Terry Sarlsland, street superintendent in Bowman, N.D

Officials warned that the storm will keep causing problems as it moves eastward today.

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