This day in weather history for December 20...

- In 1836...A cold wave with 70 mph winds dropped temperatures from the mild 40's to near 0° in matter of hours on the Illinois frontier. Many settlers froze to death. Folklore told of farm animals frozen in their tracks, while the streams reportedly froze with ice from 6 inches to a foot in a few hours.

- In 1990...Snow fell at Santa Maria, CA for the first time since records were kept.

- In 1998...Periods of light rain, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and light snow caused numerous traffic accidents across southern and central Missouri. The most prolonged period of freezing drizzle and light snow occurred in west central and central Missouri from areas around Lamar and Nevada, MO to the Lake of the Ozarks region. Hundreds of traffic accidents were reported across southern Missouri. Three fatalities occurred as a result of this storm.

 

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