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Summer hail prompts use of snowplows in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A brief but intense hailstorm that dropped as much as 4 inches of slippery pellets in a South Dakota city prompted officials to call out snowplows in the middle of summer.

Pennington County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Jackson tells the Rapid City Journal that the Tuesday night incident on U.S. Highway 16 south of Rapid City was "definitely weird" for mid-July.

These photos were taken on Highway 16 near Rockerville, SD this evening. Hail accumulations up to six inches deep have...

Posted by US National Weather Service Rapid City South Dakota on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The National Weather Service says pea-size hail pelted the highway for about 15 minutes. Jackson says the area was shrouded in heavy fog as the hail melted and a few cars went off the road, but that there were no serious injuries.

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