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January 17, 1996:

Two to as much as fifteen inches of snow, high winds from 40 to 60 mph, and cold arctic air resulted in blizzard conditions and extreme wind chills from 40 below to 70 below for central, north central, and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota from the middle morning of the 17th to the early evening of the 18th. Most schools, federal, state, and county offices were closed. Also, various activities were canceled. Travel was extremely difficult due to the near zero visibility with some vehicles stranded. Highway 12 from Webster to the Minnesota border and Interstate-29 was closed on the 18th. Hundreds of people were stranded with some people stranded in their vehicles. Some pheasants and wildlife were lost due to the snow packed so hard they could not dig out. Some snowfall amounts included, 2 inches at Highmore, 3 inches at Pierre and 9NE Reliance, 5 inches at Mobridge, Presho, Roscoe, 10SE Stephan, and Ree Heights, 6 inches at Tulare, 7 inches 12W Tulare and 5E 3S Faulkton, 8 inches 11E 2S Hosmer and at Doland, 9 inches at Mellette, Aberdeen, and Redfield. and 10 inches at Eureka and Britton, and 12 inches at Wilmot, Rosholt, and Ortonville, Minnesota. Fifteen inches occurred at Wheaton, Clinton, and Graceville. The extreme wind chills along with some blowing snow continued across central and north central South Dakota into the early evening of the 18th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 48 (1947) Aberdeen: -32 (1997)
Kennebec: 62 (1923) Kennebec: -26 (1930)
Mobridge: 51 (1951) Mobridge: -37 (1943)
Pierre: 56 (1934) Pierre: -22 (1943)
Sisseton: 47 (1973) Sisseton: -27 (1943)
Timber Lake: 56 (1974) Timber Lake: -39 (1943)
Watertown: 46 (1913) Watertown: -33 (1943)
Wheaton: 44 (1988) Wheaton: -27 (1954)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.60" (1897) Aberdeen: 6.4" (1996)
Kennebec: 0.27" (1936) Kennebec: 9.0" (1996)
Mobridge: 0.35" (1913) Mobridge: 4.1" (1969)
Pierre: 0.31" (1996) Pierre: 3.5" (1936)
Sisseton: 0.50" (1932) Sisseton: 5.0" (1932)
Timber Lake: 0.62" (1996) Timber Lake: 7.0" (1996)
Watertown: 0.28" (1995) Watertown: 4.0" (1939)
Wheaton: 0.41" (1995) Wheaton: 5.0" (1995)


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