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January 28, 1983:

Freezing rain coated much of eastern South Dakota with up to a half inch accumulation before it changed over to light snow from the late evening of the 28th to the late evening of the 29th. The combination of ice, light snow, and very strong winds made travel extremely difficult. Numerous accidents and stranded vehicles resulted. Visibilities were near zero at times.

January 28, 1996:

Extreme wind chills developed across central, north central, and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota as cold arctic air moved in behind an area of low pressure. With temperatures falling well below zero and northwest winds increasing to 20 to 35 mph, wind chills were lowered to 40 to 70 below throughout the night of the 28th and into the evening of the 29th. Two to five inches of snow had fallen across the area. The strong northwest winds caused areas of blowing snow significantly reducing visibilities. Big Stone and Traverse counties experienced a blizzard for about six hours on the 29th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 53 (1931) Aberdeen: -31 (1915)
Kennebec: 63 (1942) Kennebec: -28 (1904)
Mobridge: 50 (2008) Mobridge: -28 (1972)
Pierre: 60 (1942) Pierre: -25 (1972)
Sisseton: 51 (2008) Sisseton: -31 (1951)
Timber Lake: 56 (1919) Timber Lake: -29 (1972)
Watertown: 49 (1931) Watertown: -29 (1915)
Wheaton: 49 (1989) Wheaton: -27 (1915)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.65" (2013) Aberdeen: 7.9" (2013)
Kennebec: 0.35" (1947) Kennebec: 3.0" (1947)
Mobridge: 0.30" (1916) Mobridge: 4.0" (1996)
Pierre: 0.39" (2013) Pierre: 5.4" (1947)
Sisseton: 0.48" (2013) Sisseton: 5.0" (1996)
Timber Lake: 0.37" (1916) Timber Lake: 8.5" (1916)
Watertown: 0.29" (1975) Watertown: 3.4" (1996)
Wheaton: 0.27" (1944) Wheaton: 2.5" (1916)


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