Record or Near Record Low Temperatures Expected Tonight!

Arctic high pressure combined with light winds and mostly clear skies will result in record or near record cold temperatures tonight across many locations in central and northeastern South Dakota, and west-central Minnesota.  Determining just how cold we will get will depend primarily on the wind speed and extent of any cloud cover.  Ideal conditions for record cold temperatures include:

1)      Fresh Snow Cover

2)      Nearly Calm Winds

3)      Clear Skies

If winds are stronger (e.g. more than 5 mph) or more clouds move into the area – low temperatures may not drop as low as expected.  Even though the winds will be relatively light – wind chill readings will remain dangerously cold and are still expected to fall into the -20 to -35F range.

Below is a forecast graphic of low temperatures overnight – and a tabular listing of the low temperature records across the forecast area:

    

 

LISTED BELOW ARE CITIES WITH THE FORECAST TEMPERATURE...THE RECORD
TEMPERATURE...AND THE YEAR OF THE RECORD TEMPERATURE.

...CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA...

CITY.........FORECAST TEMP...RECORD TEMP...YEAR SET
ABERDEEN...........-28...........-24.........1976
KENNEBEC...........-17...........-11.........2006
MOBRIDGE...........-24...........-17.........1927
PIERRE.............-15...........-11.........1972
SISSETON...........-19...........-21.........1972
TIMBER LAKE........-24...........-21.........1936
WATERTOWN..........-22...........-17.........1936

...WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

CITY.........FORECAST TEMP...RECORD TEMP...YEAR SET
WHEATON............-20...........-23.........1972




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