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March 28, 1977:

A slow moving storm system affected South Dakota from March 28th through March 30th, 1977. The storm produced heavy snow in the west and thunderstorms in the east. Northerly winds gusting to 50 miles an hour in the west created blizzard conditions as the snow totals mounted. Some areas in western Butte, Pennington, northern Shannon, and Lawrence counties received over 20 inches of snow. With drifts exceeding 6 to 8 feet many people in the west thought it was the worst blizzard in a quarter century. A few locations in the northern Black Hills received over 4 feet of snow. Because of blocked roads westbound traffic was halted on I-90 and many schools and businesses were forced to close for several days. Across the eastern portion of the state rains of over 1" fell in many areas. Milbank even reported walnut size hail.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 82 (1946) Aberdeen: -10 (1913)
Kennebec: 85 (1946) Kennebec: -7 (1899)
Mobridge: 83 (1946) Mobridge: -4 (1913)
Pierre: 87 (1946) Pierre: 5 (1944)
Sisseton: 82 (1946) Sisseton: -4 (1964)
Timber Lake: 80 (1963) Timber Lake: 0 (1944)
Watertown: 78 (1946) Watertown: -5 (1969)
Wheaton: 73 (1986) Wheaton: -3 (1969)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.80" (1900) Aberdeen: 18.0" (1900)
Kennebec: 0.94" (1940) Kennebec: 7.5" (1928)
Mobridge: 0.70" (1931) Mobridge: 8.5" (1965)
Pierre: 1.17" (1905) Pierre: 5.0" (1965)
Sisseton: 0.66" (1940) Sisseton: 6.0" (1956)
Timber Lake: 0.58" (1956) Timber Lake: 7.0" (1965)
Watertown: 1.71" (1940) Watertown: 7.0" (1965)
Wheaton: 2.06" (1940) Wheaton: 7.0" (1956)


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