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March 4, 1997:

Two to five inches of snow fell across northeast and part of central South Dakota from the 3rd into the 4th. This new snowfall, combined with the already deep and expansive snowpack and winds of 20 to 40 mph, brought widespread blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities were reduced to near zero at times, making travel treacherous. Many roads were blocked by snowdrifts. Many schools, as well as several roads, were closed. Several vehicles became stuck and had to be pulled out. Some snowfall amounts included 4 inches at Clear Lake, Britton, Waubay, and Wilmot; and 5 inches at Onida, Blunt, Highmore, Miller, and Milbank.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 64 (2000) Aberdeen: -23 (1917)
Kennebec: 74 (2000) Kennebec: -28 (1960)
Mobridge: 67 (2000) Mobridge: -19 (1960)
Pierre: 75 (2000) Pierre: -18 (1960)
Sisseton: 62 (2000) Sisseton: -16 (1952)
Timber Lake: 67 (2000) Timber Lake: -21 (1960)
Watertown: 65 (2000) Watertown: -21 (1960)
Wheaton: 63 (2000) Wheaton: -22 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.23" (1966) Aberdeen: 11.7" (1995)
Kennebec: 0.69" (1938) Kennebec: 6.0" (1985)
Mobridge: 1.64" (1966) Mobridge: 15.0" (1966)
Pierre: 0.60" (1966) Pierre: 5.8" (1966)
Sisseton: 0.57" (1985) Sisseton: 8.0" (1985)
Timber Lake: 3.50" (1966) Timber Lake: 20.0" (1966)
Watertown: 0.84" (1966) Watertown: 9.4" (1938)
Wheaton: 0.87" (1985) Wheaton: 12.0" (1985)


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