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March 5, 1966:

A large winter storm system slowly tracked across South Dakota, starting the 2nd and ending on the 5th, leaving many areas in utter disarray. The largest snow depth measured was 35 inches at Mobridge. Strong winds of 40-55mph, with gusts to near 100mph, caused blowing snow, which reduced visibility to near-zero in some areas. Snow drifts of 30 ft were reported in sheltered areas, while open fields lay nearly bare. Livestock losses were heavy, including 50,000 cattle, 46,000 sheep, and 1,800 hogs. The largest livestock losses took place in the central and north-central part of the state. Heavy snow collapsed some structures and blocked many roads. The blizzard was rated as one of the most severe the state of South Dakota had ever seen.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 74 (2000) Aberdeen: -22 (1919)
Kennebec: 77 (2000) Kennebec: -16 (1989)
Mobridge: 77 (2000) Mobridge: -20 (1919)
Pierre: 80 (2000) Pierre: -13 (1989)
Sisseton: 72 (2000) Sisseton: -13 (2002)
Timber Lake: 72 (2000) Timber Lake: -16 (1989)
Watertown: 71 (2000) Watertown: -21 (1960)
Wheaton: 70 (2000) Wheaton: -16 (1919)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.02" (1983) Aberdeen: 7.0" (1915)
Kennebec: 0.93" (1983) Kennebec: 4.0" (1915)
Mobridge: 1.04" (1983) Mobridge: 5.0" (1995)
Pierre: 0.97" (1933) Pierre: 2.6" (1908)
Sisseton: 1.41" (1935) Sisseton: 5.0" (1935)
Timber Lake: 0.85" (1983) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1933)
Watertown: 0.37" (1973) Watertown: 3.0" (1962)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1935) Wheaton: 8.0" (1995) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.