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December 19, 1968:

Snow and near-blizzard conditions existed across west central Minnesota, with 5 to 7 inches of new snow reported. Heavier snows were reported further to the southeast in Minnesota. Six inches of snow was reported in Artichoke Lake in Big Stone County.

December 19, 1985:

Winds gusted to around 40 mph and produced ground blizzard conditions in some places from the morning to late afternoon on the 19th. Schools were closed in Bowdle in Edmunds County due to the conditions.

December 19, 1990:

Snow began to fall over the northwest part of Minnesota by early afternoon on the 19th, and fell heavily during the night into the early afternoon of the 20th, spreading over the entire northern 2/3 of the state and into some of northeastern South Dakota overnight. By mid-morning, a swath of snow of 6 inches or more was deposited over much of the northern half of the state, or north of a line from Elbow Lake to Garrison to near Two Harbors. In west central Minnesota, Wheaton received 6 inches, Browns Valley received 4 inches, and Artichoke Lake received 3 inches. In South Dakota, Webster reported 8 inches, Britton reported 7 inches, Sisseton reported 5 inches, and Aberdeen reported 4 inches.

December 19, 2008:

An area of low pressure moving across the Northern Plains brought snowfall, strong north winds, and bitter cold temperatures to northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota into the afternoon of the 20th. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 9 inches occurred across the area. Northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph caused blizzard conditions and created difficult, if not impossible, travel conditions. Some of the heaviest snowfall amounts included: 5 inches at Clark, Summit, Wheaton, Ortonville, and near Britton; 6 inches at Roy Lake, Artichoke Lake, and Sisseton; 7 inches at Browns Valley; 8 inches at Milbank and Tintah; and 9 inches at Clear Lake.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 57 (1893) Aberdeen: -29 (1916)
Kennebec: 63 (1894) Kennebec: -24 (1989)
Mobridge: 54 (1917) Mobridge: -30 (1927)
Pierre: 55 (1979) Pierre: -18 (1989)
Sisseton: 51 (1979) Sisseton: -30 (1983)
Timber Lake: 53 (1956) Timber Lake: -23 (1990)
Watertown: 52 (1894) Watertown: -28 (1955)
Wheaton: 54 (1923) Wheaton: -31 (1916)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.54" (1951) Aberdeen: 6.9" (1951)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1921) Kennebec: 4.0" (1921)
Mobridge: 0.30" (1918) Mobridge: 3.0" (1918)
Pierre: 0.43" (1951) Pierre: 6.6" (1951)
Sisseton: 0.66" (1951) Sisseton: 4.0" (1942)
Timber Lake: 0.20" (1960) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1985)
Watertown: 0.18" (1968) Watertown: 4.0" (2008)
Wheaton: 0.35" (1942) Wheaton: 3.0" (1920)


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