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December 14, 1993:

Two to three inches of snow, followed by freezing rain, fell in east central South Dakota, particularly in the Brookings and Deuel County areas, on the 13th into the 14th, causing several accidents.

December 14, 1994:

Snow accumulated over all of South Dakota on the 14th, but was heavy in the central part of the state and at a few places in the northwest. The greatest accumulations were 11 inches at Murdo and 10 inches at the Lake Sharpe project and near Stephan. Numerous accidents were caused but no fatalities or injuries were reported. 8 inches of snow fell at McLaughlin and Miller, with 7 inches at Faulkton and McIntosh, 6 inches at Eagle Butte and Timber Lake, and 5 inches at Mobridge, Kennebec, and near Highmore.

December 14, 1996:

Heavy snow of 6 to 20 inches fell across most of central, north central, and part of northeast South Dakota during the late evening of the 14th. Strong north winds of 20 to 35 mph created near-blizzard conditions and heavy drifting across the area. Travel was extremely difficult if not impossible, with several cars going into the ditch. A two-car accident between Blunt and Pierre left several people injured. Many activities were postponed or canceled. Some snowfall amounts included 6 inches at Fort Pierre, Ipswich, Kennebec, Aberdeen, and Pollock; 7 inches at Mobridge; 8 inches at Lake Sharpe, Clark, and Mellette; 9 inches at Roscoe, Gettysburg, and McIntosh; 10 inches at Highmore, Eagle Butte, 22 miles SSW of Keldron, and at West Whitlock; 11 inches at Blunt and Miller; 12 inches at Ree Heights, McLaughlin, and Onida; 13 inches at Highmore; 14 inches at Redfield; 15 inches at Timber Lake; 18 inches at Faulkton; and 20 inches at Hoven.

December 14, 2008:

As the blizzard wound down and visibilities improved, bitter cold wind chills remained through much of Monday the 15th. Wind chills of 35 below to 45 below zero remained across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota. The bitter cold contributed to many of the school closings.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 55 (1998) Aberdeen: -30 (1917)
Kennebec: 68 (1998) Kennebec: -23 (1901)
Mobridge: 54 (1939) Mobridge: -24 (1917)
Pierre: 64 (1998) Pierre: -15 (1989)
Sisseton: 54 (1998) Sisseton: -29 (1901)
Timber Lake: 61 (1998) Timber Lake: -22 (1989)
Watertown: 57 (1913) Watertown: -33 (1917)
Wheaton: 56 (1998) Wheaton: -25 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.90" (1935) Aberdeen: 8.0" (1935)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1922) Kennebec: 6.0" (1996)
Mobridge: 0.32" (1994) Mobridge: 6.6" (1996)
Pierre: 0.48" (2008) Pierre: 4.0" (2008)
Sisseton: 0.49" (1973) Sisseton: 4.3" (2008)
Timber Lake: 1.00" (1996) Timber Lake: 15.0" (1996)
Watertown: 1.10" (1955) Watertown: 6.0" (2008)
Wheaton: 0.29" (2008) Wheaton: 4.4" (2008)


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