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January 15, 1982:

On this day in 1982, up to four inches of snow and powerful northwest winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph created blizzard conditions with widespread drifting across much of South Dakota and Minnesota from the early morning of the 15th to mid afternoon on the 16th. Wind chills were lowered to 50 to 80 degrees below zero and visibilities were near zero across most of the area. One death was attributed to exposure with the death of a 75 year old Milbank man. There were numerous weather related accidents. Some of the major accidents included: a truck blown off Interstate 90 near Murdo injuring the driver; a truck blown off Highway 281 and turned upside down in a ditch, and a truck slamming into a bridge on Interstate 90 near Murdo. The extreme cold killed numerous fruit trees at a nursery in Watertown.

January 15, 1985:

Heavy snow fell in central and south central South Dakota from early evening of the 15th to around noon on the 16th with areas around Pierre receiving up to 18 inches. Generally 5 to 10 inches fell with numerous minor traffic accidents reported. Interstate 90 had a no travel advisory in a 95-mile stretch from Kimball to Murdo until the afternoon of the 16th due to low visibility and heavy drifting. Also, many schools and businesses were closed. Some snowfall amounts included, 4 inches at Kennebec, 6 inches at Murdo, and 10 inches at Pierre.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 48 (1942) Aberdeen: -42 (2009)
Kennebec: 60 (2006) Kennebec: -30 (2009)
Mobridge: 51 (1942) Mobridge: -33 (2009)
Pierre: 54 (2006) Pierre: -27 (1972)
Sisseton: 47 (1990) Sisseton: -31 (2009)
Timber Lake: 51 (1942) Timber Lake: -32 (1972)
Watertown: 46 (1919) Watertown: -35 (1972)
Wheaton: 43 (1931) Wheaton: -32 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.30" (1953) Aberdeen: 3.5" (1953)
Kennebec: 0.31" (2003) Kennebec: 5.5" (2003)
Mobridge: 0.60" (1915) Mobridge: 6.0" (1915)
Pierre: 0.91" (1985) Pierre: 10.0" (2003)
Sisseton: 0.38" (1980) Sisseton: 3.0" (1953)
Timber Lake: 0.55" (1943) Timber Lake: 3.3" (1949)
Watertown: 0.45" (1956) Watertown: 6.0" (1909)
Wheaton: 0.68" (1953) Wheaton: 5.0" (1980)


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