BRR... It’s Cold Out There


That was a common expression in Britton last week Wednesday when the temperature plunged to minus 40 degrees. No matter how you describe it, that reading is just downright cold. In fact, the 40 below temp was the coldest in all of South Dakota that day.

The reading also set an alltime record for the low temperature in Britton on Jan. 30. The old mark was minus 36 set in 1996. But it wasn’t quite as cold as a minus 44 reading recorded in Britton back on Jan. 13, 1916, according to National Weather Service records.

Britton-Hecla and Langford Area schools did not have classes last week Tuesday or Wednesday because of the frigid temps and wind chills in the minus 60 range. Mail delivery was suspended that day and several businesses and offices also closed their doors due to the cold.

Residents experienced a heat wave over the weekend with high readings of 27 above zero on Friday, and highs of 17 and nine above on Saturday and Sunday. But forecasters are predicting another plunge into the deep freeze this week with long-range predictions calling for below normal temps through February and into the first two weeks of March.

The area did receive a couple more shots of snow. Doug Oelkers Records of Britton measured a half inch on Thursday and another three inches on Sunday. More of the white stuff is predicted for this week.

High temperature readings forecast for this week are expected to remain below zero from Thursday through Sunday with a high during that stretch of minus one on Saturday. Lows are predicted to be about 17 below on Thursday and 23 below zero on Friday with a high that day of minus 11.

Area residents do have a ray of hope however. The ground hog did not see his shadow on Saturday, so that has to mean that spring is right around the corner.

Marshall County Journal

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