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December 9, 1961:

A snowstorm moved through the area and dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow east of the Missouri River and 1 to 3 inches to the west of the river from late afternoon on the 8th through late afternoon on the 9th. The storm was accompanied by high winds, blowing snow, slippery highways, and temperatures falling to near zero. Three men were killed and one injured in a two-car crash near Watertown as snow and blowing snow sharply reduced visibilities. A skidding accident on a slippery highway near Winner resulted in an automobile fatality of one man. In a rural area near Vale, in Meade County, one man abandoned his stalled automobile and was found the next day, frozen to death. 6 inches of snow fell at Sisseton and Wheaton, with 5 inches at Aberdeen and Watertown and 3 inches at Mobridge. Only an inch fell at Pierre.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 61 (1939) Aberdeen: -27 (1955)
Kennebec: 69 (1957) Kennebec: -22 (1958)
Mobridge: 67 (1939) Mobridge: -32 (1917)
Pierre: 70 (1939) Pierre: -16 (1955)
Sisseton: 64 (2006) Sisseton: -22 (1955)
Timber Lake: 66 (1939) Timber Lake: -27 (1977)
Watertown: 59 (1939) Watertown: -24 (1927)
Wheaton: 57 (1990) Wheaton: -24 (1927)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.25" (1924) Aberdeen: 2.5" (1924)
Kennebec: 0.32" (2012) Kennebec: 4.5" (2012)
Mobridge: 0.30" (1970) Mobridge: 3.3" (1970)
Pierre: 0.10" (1903) Pierre: 1.0" (1944)
Sisseton: 0.42" (1961) Sisseton: 4.5" (1961)
Timber Lake: 0.20" (1918) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1966)
Watertown: 0.35" (1918) Watertown: 2.0" (1961)
Wheaton: 0.19" (1961) Wheaton: 3.0" (1961)


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