Congratulations — you just lived through the snowiest Christmas in South Dakota history

From the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls:

Christmas Day 2009 will go down as the snowiest Christmas on record in
many places. Below is a table of snowfall through 930 pm Christmas,
previous record snowfall for the date, and the 3 day storm total from
December 23rd through December 25th.

Site Snowfall Previous record Three-day total
Sioux Falls 9.9 inches 10.0 inches in 1945 15.7 inches
Sioux City 8.0 inches 6.0 inches in 1996 17.2 inches
Huron 9.5 inches 3.5 inches in 1978 14.8 inches
Mitchell 7.0 inches 5.7 inches in 1964 16.2 inches


Listen live at 10 a.m. to another media briefing on the storm

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds will join officials from the South Dakota Departments of Public Safety and Transportation for a media briefing on the status of a major winter storm on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. (CST).


UPDATE, 11 P.M.: Now that the briefing is over, you can click here to go to a page on and listen to the archived audio from the briefing.

Send us your storm photos

If you have any extraordinary photos of the storm over the next few days, please e-mail them to us (click here for the address). We’ll consider publishing them online or in print.

Traffic makes its way along Highway 37 at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in northern Mitchell. Although the strongest part of a winter storm had not yet hit the city, snowfall and strong winds are expected Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s forecast includes occasional snow and widespread blowing snow, with the temperature falling to around 16 by 5 p.m. It will be blustery, with a north-northwest wind between 21 and 28 mph and gusts as high as 37 mph. New snow accumulation of around 1 inch is expected Thursday, and more snow is in the forecast Thursday night. (Laura Wehde/Daily Republic)

Listen to a live media briefing about the storm at 4 p.m.

In yet another step into the brave new world of online journalism, we’re going to attempt to bring you a live media briefing on the winter storm at 4 p.m. today. The briefing will be conducted by the state Public Safety and Transportation departments.

This is the first time we’ve done this kind of thing, so we’ll have to see how it goes.


UPDATE: It worked! To find the archived audio, click here. You’ll be taken to a page on our main site that will contain the file.