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Weather History - January 8th

Local and Regional Events:

January 8, 1969:

Winds of 30 whipped new snowfall of 3 to 5 inches on top of 10 to 20 inches of previous snow cover to 50 mph. Temperatures fell to around five below zero resulting in dangerous wind chills. This storm halted all traffic from early on the 8th to midday on the 9th, closed all schools, and stranded motorists.


January 8, 2010:

Arctic high pressure combined with strong northwest winds resulting in extreme wind chills from 35 to nearly 50 degrees below zero across central and northeast South Dakota. Some of the lowest wind chills included, -40 in Aberdeen; -41 in Watertown; -42 in Highmore; -43 in Leola and Faulkton; -44 in Eagle Butte, Herreid, and Gettysburg; and -47 in Bowdle. Several record lows were also tied or broken during the morning hours of the 8th including, -22 degrees NW of Gann Valley and Victor; -23 degrees at Pierre and Sisseton; -24 degrees at Roscoe; and -34 degrees at Pollock.

U.S.A and Global Events for January 8th:

1973: Georgia's worst ice storm since 1935 occurred on from the 7th through the 8th. Freezing rain and sleet began during the early morning hours on Sunday the 7th and ended in most areas during the day on Monday. Total damage was estimated at well over $25 million. The electric power companies suffered losses estimated at $5 million and telephone companies had another $2 million in damages. Some schools were closed for more than a week. Click HERE to see a video from WAGA-TV Channel 5 on this ice storm.

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