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January 24th

Local and Regional Events:

January 24, 1972:

Snowfall of a dusting to as much as 8 inches accompanied by 30 to 40 mph winds resulted in widespread blowing and drifting snow across much of South Dakota. Many roads were blocked by the heavy drifting. Visibilities were near zero at times. Many activities were cancelled or postponed.


January 24, 1985:

Blizzard conditions associated with an Arctic front moved into western Minnesota and northeast South Dakota during the afternoon and continued into the evening. The blizzard brought travel to a standstill. Winds increased to 40 to 60 mph. Many roads were closed due to drifts of snow. Temperatures fell rapidly behind the front with wind chills of 30 to 50 below zero overnight. There were a number of accidents and stranded motorists. Many vehicles went into the ditch with many people stranded. The National Guard was called upon to search for stranded motorists. Portions of northeast South Dakota experienced near blizzard conditions as wind speeds gusted to near 60 mph with dangerous travel conditions.


Local Climate Information:

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U.S.A and Global Events for January 24th:

1940: A record breaking 19.9 inches of snow fell in Richmond, Virginia on this day. The storm, which began on the 23rd, produced a total of 21.6 inches of snow for the Richmond area. The headline in the Richmond Times-Dispatch was "Blizzard Sweeps State, Bringing Deep Snow; Public Schools Closed." You can read more about this event, as well as a snowstorm that occurred on February 8, 1936 by clicking HERE.


This is the way Grace Street, near Fourth, looked after the record-breaking snowfall that began Jan. 23, 1940, and was measured officially at 21.6 inches. Image from Dementi Studio.


1967: A tornado outbreak across the Central U.S. was the furthest north ever recorded in the winter up to that time. Severe weather occurred across a good portion of southeast and east central Iowa. Two inch hail fell at Armstrong and over two dozen tornadoes were reported. Five miles north of Fort Madison, one fatality occurred from a tornado along with six injuries. A tornado causing F4 damage killed 3 people and injured 216 in St. Louis County, Missouri. Tornadoes also affected parts of northern and central Illinois. One strong tornado in Mason County killed one person and injured three others. Another tornado moved across the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area, injuring five people. Other strong tornadoes were reported across Carroll County in Mt. Carroll, where 12 people were injured, and near Gladstone in Henderson County. Funnel clouds were reported across the southwest section of Chicago, IL. High winds gusting to 48 mph caused a wall of a building under construction to collapse killing one and injuring four others. Iowa had never recorded a tornado in January before this outbreak. 32 total tornadoes occurred, 14 of them in Iowa. Nine twisters occurred in Missouri, 8 in Illinois and 1 in Wisconsin. 

January 24, 1967 tornado tracks

Tornado tracks across northern Missouri, eastern Iowa, northwest and central Illinois and south-central Wisconsin courtesy from the NWS Office in Davenport, Iowa.


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