The 10 Snowiest Cities In South Dakota For 2021


We looked at the data to see which cities in South Dakota have the most snow every year.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our first time ranking the snowiest cities in South Dakota.

Sure, a Saturday morning right after a foot of fluffy snow is the best thing ever. But that same amount of snow on Tuesday in South Dakota can make a commute last forever. So just imagine it's the dead of winter, and the time of year when the ground is frozen, the air is bone chilling, and there are piles of dirty, nasty ice encrusted snow all over the place.

This is about the time of year when you're just about ready for spring -- especially in Lead, the snowiest place in South Dakota.

So, put on your parkas, snow boots and your gloves and let's go outside to see which South Dakota cities get dumped on the most every year. After analyzing all the cities in South Dakota with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the 10 snowiest cities in Mount Rushmore State.

What's the snowiest place in South Dakota with more than 1,000 people? That would be Lead with an average annual snowfall of 182.2 inches.

Read on below to see where your town ranked, you snow angels.

And if you already knew these places were snowy, check out the best places to live in South Dakota or the cheapest places in South Dakota.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In South Dakota For 2021

Lead, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,082
Average Annual Snowfall: 182.2 inches
More on Lead: Real Estate | Crime Report

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6
/10

Population: 2,054
Average Annual Snowfall: 135.4 inches
More on North Spearfish: Real Estate

Deadwood, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,211
Average Annual Snowfall: 133.9 inches
More on Deadwood: Real Estate

Spearfish, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,980
Average Annual Snowfall: 132.1 inches
More on Spearfish: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sturgis, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,657
Average Annual Snowfall: 120.2 inches
More on Sturgis: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Belle Fourche, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,702
Average Annual Snowfall: 113.2 inches
More on Belle Fourche: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,221
Average Annual Snowfall: 57.0 inches
More on Summerset: Real Estate | Crime Report

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,422
Average Annual Snowfall: 56.2 inches
More on Hill City: Real Estate

Custer, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,899
Average Annual Snowfall: 55.8 inches
More on Custer: Real Estate

Clear Lake, SD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,284
Average Annual Snowfall: 53.5 inches
More on Clear Lake: Real Estate

How We Determined The Cities In South Dakota With The Most Snow

In order to rank the snowiest cities in South Dakota, we only had to scrape the database of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to see which cities in the Mount Rushmore State get the most annual snowfall.

Before we get too far, here are the annual snowfall rates for major cities:

  • Sioux Falls -- 40.6 inches
  • Rapid City -- 42.3 inches
  • Aberdeen -- 38.3 inches

There's a complete chart at the bottom.

If you're curious, here are the places that get the least amount of snow in South Dakota with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Clark -- 26.8 inches
  2. Beresford -- 29.0 inches
  3. Hot Springs -- 29.4 inches

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In South Dakota

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 Lead 182.2 3,082
2 North Spearfish 135.4 2,054
3 Deadwood 133.9 1,211
4 Spearfish 132.1 10,980
5 Sturgis 120.2 6,657
6 Belle Fourche 113.2 5,702
7 Summerset 57.0 2,221
8 Hill City 56.2 1,422
9 Custer 55.8 1,899
10 Clear Lake 53.5 1,284
11 Winner 47.0 2,855
12 Platte 47.0 1,543
13 Gregory 45.4 1,479
14 Sisseton 44.4 2,668
15 Britton 44.4 1,522
16 Rapid City 42.3 71,692
17 Webster 42.0 1,798
18 Huron 41.6 13,159
19 Rapid Valley 41.6 8,516
20 De Smet 41.4 1,171
21 Dell Rapids 41.3 3,693
22 Garretson 41.2 1,210
23 Lemmon 40.7 1,309
24 Sioux Falls 40.6 164,341
25 Box Elder 40.4 8,959
26 Antelope 40.4 1,126
27 Arlington 40.0 1,013
28 Oglala 39.8 1,404
29 Baltic 39.6 1,070
30 Colonial Pine Hills 39.5 1,906
31 Gettysburg 39.5 1,260
32 Chamberlain 39.4 2,582
33 Crooks 39.4 1,329
34 Wagner 39.1 1,572
35 Brandon 38.8 9,497
36 Eagle Butte 38.8 1,271
37 North Eagle Butte 38.7 2,091
38 Pine Ridge 38.5 3,562
39 Rosebud 38.5 1,665
40 Mission 38.5 1,211
41 Aberdeen 38.3 27,418
42 Tea 38.0 4,427
43 Howard 37.6 1,094
44 Hartford 37.5 2,887
45 Blackhawk 37.3 2,893
46 Milbank 37.2 3,269
47 Madison 37.1 6,972
48 Harrisburg 37.1 4,942
49 Lennox 37.0 2,371
50 Fort Thompson 37.0 1,286
51 Redfield 36.5 2,581
52 Volga 36.2 2,401
53 Parker 36.1 1,142
54 Watertown 36.0 21,919
55 Freeman 36.0 1,298
56 Tyndall 36.0 1,043
57 Porcupine 35.6 1,369
58 Salem 35.5 1,476
59 Parkston 35.4 1,691
60 Yankton 34.8 14,531
61 Ipswich 34.7 1,002
62 Miller 34.4 1,537
63 Springfield 34.1 1,942
64 Groton 34.1 1,873
65 Mitchell 34.0 15,543
66 Elk Point 33.7 2,080
67 Fort Pierre 33.3 2,244
68 Pierre 32.8 13,938
69 Vermillion 32.7 10,746
70 Flandreau 32.7 2,082
71 Brookings 32.4 22,974
72 North Sioux City 31.6 2,597
73 Mobridge 31.5 3,302
74 Canton 30.2 3,258
75 Hot Springs 29.4 3,542
76 Beresford 29.0 2,211
77 Clark 26.8 1,141
78 Dakota Dunes nan 2,970

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