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Extreme Cold Freezes Those in South Dakota

Powerful northwest winds pushed arctic cold temperatures right over South Dakota with wind chills down into the 60s below zero on Saturday.



Extreme cold freezes traffic with many school activities, church services, and employers canceling events during the weekend. The National Weather Service has all of South Dakota under Wind Chill Warnings for the weekend and going into the start of the workweek.






Weather Service Reports from Saturday:

Mount Rushmore: Wind Chill -26.00

2 Mi ENE Sheridan Lake: Wind Chill -30.00

2 Mi WNW Custer: Wind Chill -32.00

2 Mi SE Aberdeen: Extreme Cold -35.00

4 Mi W Custer: Wind Chill -37.00

9 Mi NNE Edgemont: Wind Chill -37.00

6 Mi NE Moritz: Extreme Cold -37.00

6 Mi S Revillo: Extreme Cold -41.00

4 Mi W Clear Lake: Extreme Cold -41.00

Jewel Cave: Wind Chill -42.00

8 Mi WNW Fairburn: Wind Chill -42.00

1 Mi S Watertown Airport: Extreme Cold -42.00

4 Mi NNW Victor: Extreme Cold -43.00

Groton: Extreme Cold -44.00

6 Mi W Barnard: Extreme Cold -44.00

4 Mi S Stone Bridge: Extreme Cold -44.00

Eden: Extreme Cold -44.00

3 Mi SW Big Stone City: Extreme Cold -44.00

Sisseton Municipal Airp: Extreme Cold -44.00

10 Mi S Hot Springs: Wind Chill -45.00

3 Mi ESE Pine Ridge: Wind Chill -45.00

2 Mi SE Richmond Lake Rec: Extreme Cold -45.00

4 Mi E Veblen: Extreme Cold -45.00

5 Mi WNW Jewel Cave: Wind Chill -46.00

2 Mi WNW Toronto: Extreme Cold -46.00

5 Mi SSW Wilmot: Extreme Cold -46.00

3 Mi NNW La Bolt: Extreme Cold -46.00

1 Mi S Stratford: Extreme Cold -46.00

3 Mi WSW Fairburn: Wind Chill -47.00

1 Mi NE Watertown: Extreme Cold -47.00

1 Mi WNW Lake Cochrane Rec: Extreme Cold -47.00

7 Mi S Claremont: Extreme Cold -47.00

Langford: Extreme Cold -47.00

2 Mi N Britton: Extreme Cold -47.00

4 Mi W Bryant: Extreme Cold -48.00

6 Mi SSW Peever: Extreme Cold -48.00

7 Mi NE Langford: Extreme Cold -48.00

3 Mi W Thomas: Extreme Cold -48.00

12 Mi E Oelrichs: Wind Chill -49.00

Jewel Cave: Wind Chill -49.00

4 Mi NW Lantry: Extreme Cold -49.00

1 Mi SE Watertown Airport: Extreme Cold -49.00

8 Mi W South Shore: Extreme Cold -49.00

Andover: Extreme Cold -49.00

10 Mi NNE White River: Wind Chill -50.00

1 Mi SSW Redfield: Extreme Cold -50.00

4 Mi SW Hillhead: Extreme Cold -50.00

3 Mi S Webster: Extreme Cold -50.00

4 Mi W Waubay: Extreme Cold -50.00

Tunerville: Extreme Cold -50.00

6 Mi W Parmelee: Wind Chill -51.00

Clark Colony: Extreme Cold -51.00

4 Mi ENE Poinsett Colony: Extreme Cold -51.00

5 Mi ENE Frankfort: Extreme Cold -51.00

8 Mi S Wall: Wind Chill -52.00

6 Mi W Rochford: Wind Chill -52.00

11 Mi W Hot Springs: Wind Chill -52.00

7 Mi N Frederick: Extreme Cold -52.00

Lake City: Extreme Cold -52.00

3 Mi E Spink Colony: Extreme Cold -52.00

1 Mi SE Pierre Regional Ai: Extreme Cold -52.00

2 Mi S Lily: Extreme Cold -53.00

1 Mi SSW Redfield: Extreme Cold -53.00

4 Mi WSW Stone Bridge: Extreme Cold -53.00

2 Mi SW Bridger: Wind Chill -54.00

3 Mi WNW Wallace: Extreme Cold -54.00

2 Mi W Oacoma: Extreme Cold -54.00

5 Mi SSW Richmond Lake Rec: Extreme Cold -54.00

9 Mi SSE Spink Colony: Extreme Cold -54.00

1 Mi E Presho: Extreme Cold -54.00

Wewela: Wind Chill -55.00

1 Mi WNW Saint Lawrence: Extreme Cold -55.00

3 Mi S Conde: Extreme Cold -55.00

1 Mi ESE Faulkton: Extreme Cold -55.00

5 Mi NNW Bunker: Extreme Cold -55.00

11 Mi S Bullhead: Extreme Cold -55.00

1 Mi WNW Summit: Extreme Cold -55.00

Leola: Extreme Cold -55.00

4 Mi SSE Witten: Wind Chill -56.00

10 Mi W Long Lake: Extreme Cold -56.00

1 Mi WNW Mellette: Extreme Cold -56.00

3 Mi N Gann Valley: Extreme Cold -56.00

5 Mi E Orient: Extreme Cold -56.00

Mcintosh: Extreme Cold -56.00

13 Mi N Vivian: Extreme Cold -56.00

19 Mi WNW Castle Rock: Wind Chill -57.00

3 Mi SSW Whitlocks Bay Rec: Extreme Cold -57.00

6 Mi SW Joe Creek Rec Area: Extreme Cold -57.00

4 Mi SSW Mound City: Extreme Cold -58.00

9 Mi NNW Vivian: Extreme Cold -58.00

11 Mi SW Parmelee: Wind Chill -59.00

6 Mi W Henry: Extreme Cold -59.00

13 Mi NNW Sansarc: Extreme Cold -59.00

4 Mi WSW Blunt: Extreme Cold -59.00

4 Mi WNW Cresbard: Extreme Cold -59.00

1 Mi WNW Highmore: Extreme Cold -60.00

1 Mi N Ree Heights: Extreme Cold -60.00

1 Mi ENE Hayes: Extreme Cold -60.00




Besides the dangerous wind chills, many areas saw reduced visibility and ground blizzard conditions as snow on the surface was blown into the area from the northwest winds.


Blowing Snow in South Dakota Winter Cold Roads
Photo Credit: SDDOT on US Highway 18 near Witten on 01-13-2024 at 2:04pm CST

More winds are forecast to push into the region on Monday with gusts up to 45mph in some locations. This will create areas of blowing snow and bone-chilling wind chills once again.


For more on your local South Dakota forecast, check out our Forecast Page.

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