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November 15, 1988:

A mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow fell from north central South Dakota into west central Minnesota before changing over to all snow by the afternoon of the 15th. Snow continued across Minnesota during the morning hours on the 16th, along with increasing winds. The strong winds and snow created near zero visibilities due to blowing snow in northwest and west central Minnesota. A 60 mph wind gust was recorded in Morris, MN. Snow and blowing snow blocked roads, caused power outages and closed schools. Snow in many locations accumulated over a sheet of ice that coated roads from preceding rainfall.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 72 (1953) Aberdeen: -8 (1900)
Kennebec: 78 (1953) Kennebec: -3 (1916)
Mobridge: 76 (1953) Mobridge: -5 (1955)
Pierre: 74 (1953) Pierre: -2 (1955)
Sisseton: 74 (1953) Sisseton: -3 (1932)
Timber Lake: 73 (1953) Timber Lake: -7 (1932)
Watertown: 71 (1953) Watertown: -5 (1932)
Wheaton: 71 (1953) Wheaton: -7 (1932)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.67" (1947) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1947)
Kennebec: 0.92" (1957) Kennebec: 4.0" (1956)
Mobridge: 0.40" (1958) Mobridge: 2.0" (1988)
Pierre: 0.50" (1957) Pierre: 2.8" (1988)
Sisseton: 0.80" (1947) Sisseton: 6.0" (1947)
Timber Lake: 0.48" (1958) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1911)
Watertown: 0.33" (1947) Watertown: 4.9" (1947)
Wheaton: 0.50" (1947) Wheaton: 4.5" (1926)"


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