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 17 December 1924 → A severe ice storm covered central Illinois in ice two inches thick. $21 million damage.
 17 December 1983 → The temperature at Oklahoma City dropped below freezing. It did not rise above 32 degrees again until New Year's Eve, setting a record length of sub-freezing weather in the city.

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December 13, 1973:

Snow with winds as high as 40 mph created near-blizzard conditions across northeastern South Dakota on the 13th. Traffic was halted and schools closed, but overall damage was minimal. Snowfall was as high as 7 inches at Clear Lake.

December 13, 1975:

A winter storm moved across South Dakota on Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th. Snows ranged in depth from three to eight inches for portions of the northwest and central sections of the state. Strong winds in the southeast parts of the state created near-blizzard conditions. No lives were lost and stock losses were minimal. Pierre and Faulkton recorded 2 inches of snow, with 3 inches near Highmore and 4 inches at Eagle Butte.

December 13, 1992:

A wintry mix of precipitation occurred over western portions of Minnesota from the 13th to the 14th, causing numerous traffic accidents. The heaviest snow occurred to the north, across mostly northern Minnesota.

December 13, 2008:

An intense low pressure area moved out of the Rockies and across the Central Plains bringing widespread snow, blizzard conditions, and extreme winds chills to central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota into the early morning hours of the 15th. Snowfall amounts of 1 to as much as 12 inches along with winds gusting over 50 mph caused widespread near zero visibilities and dangerous travel conditions. Winds chills fell into the 35 below to 45 below zero range. Many vehicles became stuck or stranded along several highways and along Interstates 29 and 90. Interstate 90 was closed from the Wyoming line to Murdo from late on the 13th until the morning of the 14th. Interstate 29 was also closed for much of the 14th. The Onida, Agar, and Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department found it difficult to respond to a structure fire south of Gettysburg in a timely manner. Due to whiteout conditions, the structure was lost to the fire by the time the fire departments arrived. Most area schools were closed on Monday due to the road conditions along with the bitter cold wind chills. Some of the heaviest snowfall amounts included: 6 inches at Watertown, Browns Valley, Sisseton, Waubay, and Castlewood; 7 inches at Ortonville, Webster, Clear Lake, Faulkton, and Aberdeen; 8 inches at Milbank, 9 inches at Britton and Wheaton; 10 inches at Clear Lake, and 12 inches at Roscoe. Mobridge received 2 inches and Pierre received 4 inches of snowfall with this storm


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 57 (1921) Aberdeen: -34 (1917)
Kennebec: 67 (1920) Kennebec: -29 (1917)
Mobridge: 56 (1912) Mobridge: -32 (1917)
Pierre: 57 (1988) Pierre: -15 (1985)
Sisseton: 50 (2002) Sisseton: -25 (1940)
Timber Lake: 53 (2002) Timber Lake: -22 (1916)
Watertown: 57 (1913) Watertown: -32 (1917)
Wheaton: 51 (2002) Wheaton: -31 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.23" (1955) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1920)
Kennebec: 0.20" (1909) Kennebec: 2.0" (1981)
Mobridge: 0.32" (1995) Mobridge: 1.3" (1995)
Pierre: 0.50" (1951) Pierre: 5.3" (1951)
Sisseton: 0.47" (1968) Sisseton: 3.0" (1968)
Timber Lake: 0.29" (1951) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1951)
Watertown: 0.37" (1920) Watertown: 3.0" (1920)
Wheaton: 0.32" (1995) Wheaton: 2.0" (1995)


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