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January 24, 1972:

Snowfall of a dusting to as much as 8 inches accompanied by 30 to 40 mph winds resulted in widespread blowing and drifting snow across much of South Dakota. Many roads were blocked by the heavy drifting. Visibilities were near zero at times. Many activities were cancelled or postponed.

January 24, 1985:

Blizzard conditions associated with an Arctic front moved into western Minnesota and northeast South Dakota during the afternoon and continued into the evening. The blizzard brought travel to a standstill. Winds increased to 40 to 60 mph. Many roads were closed due to drifts of snow. Temperatures fell rapidly behind the front with wind chills of 30 to 50 below zero overnight. There were a number of accidents and stranded motorists. Many vehicles went into the ditch with many people stranded. The National Guard was called upon to search for stranded motorists. Portions of northeast South Dakota experienced near blizzard conditions as wind speeds gusted to near 60 mph with dangerous travel conditions.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 60 (1981) Aberdeen: -35 (1915)
Kennebec: 69 (1981) Kennebec: -38 (1894)
Mobridge: 57 (1981) Mobridge: -25 (1961)
Pierre: 67 (1981) Pierre: -22 (1961)
Sisseton: 65 (1981) Sisseton: -37 (1936)
Timber Lake: 60 (2005) Timber Lake: -25 (1961)
Watertown: 65 (1981) Watertown: -36 (1904)
Wheaton: 61 (1981) Wheaton: -27 (1952)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.48" (1956) Aberdeen: 5.0" (1956)
Kennebec: 0.16" (1956) Kennebec: 4.0" (1956)
Mobridge: 0.22" (1956) Mobridge: 2.8" (1972)
Pierre: 0.30" (1956) Pierre: 3.1" (1956)
Sisseton: 0.60" (1950) Sisseton: 6.0" (1950)
Timber Lake: 1.12" (1950) Timber Lake: 9.5" (1950)
Watertown: 0.14" (1969) Watertown: 1.5" (1992)
Wheaton: 0.42" (1950) Wheaton: 5.5" (1950)


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