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January 31, 1969:

Minnesota experienced many winter storms throughout the month of 1969 where several people had died from heart attacks and auto accidents. Many roads were blocked or iced over several times during the month. Considerable snow during the month of January along with frequent periods of strong winds resulted in many days of blowing and drifting snow across northeast South Dakota. There were also many days with freezing rain. The most significant icing occurred on the 22nd and the 27th. There were numerous days where the traffic was at a standstill due to blocked roads and closed airports. Many school closings occurred throughout the month with many activities cancelled. Many rural roads went long periods without being opened resulting in hardships for farmers. Days of blowing snow were the 8th, 19th, 22nd, 23th, 24th, 26th, 27th, and 31st. Days of freezing rain were the 5th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and the 22nd.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 51 (1924) Aberdeen: -32 (1996)
Kennebec: 61 (1992) Kennebec: -29 (1918)
Mobridge: 53 (1992) Mobridge: -32 (1917)
Pierre: 62 (1992) Pierre: -20 (1996)
Sisseton: 46 (2012) Sisseton: -28 (1982)
Timber Lake: 59 (1992) Timber Lake: -31 (1917)
Watertown: 51 (1931) Watertown: -28 (1918)
Wheaton: 47 (2012) Wheaton: -28 (1982)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.60" (1917) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1917)
Kennebec: 0.35" (1915) Kennebec: 5.0" (2011)
Mobridge: 0.20" (1917) Mobridge: 2.0" (1917)
Pierre: 0.13" (2011) Pierre: 2.2" (2011)
Sisseton: 0.29" (2011) Sisseton: 5.2" (2011)
Timber Lake: 0.36" (1916) Timber Lake: 5.6" (1917)
Watertown: 0.28" (1981) Watertown: 3.0" (1965)
Wheaton: 0.27" (2011) Wheaton: 4.0" (1965) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.