Minnesota November 30, 2017
It’s Impossible To Forget These 7 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In Minnesota History
Minnesotans are used to harsh weather conditions. Sure, we get a mild winter every once in a while. But those of us who have been around for a while have grown used to the blowing snow and frigid temperatures that come with the harshest winters. The winter climate often leads to some truly unforgettable snowstorms. There have been many whoppers, but these 7 horrific winter storms have gone down in history. Take a look:
1. Halloween Blizzard of 1991
VIDEOWe couldn't make this list without including what might be Minnesota's most famous blizzard. Those who were young enough to go out trick-or-treating - or who took their kids - will always remember this wild Halloween for its incredible drifts of snow. The Twin Cities got 28 inches of snow, and totals in Duluth topped 35 inches. The conditions closed roads and schools for days, making it one of the most unforgettable snowstorms ever.
2. March 1975 Blizzards
Minnesotans are no strangers to late winter blizzards, but these two from late March of 1975 were especially painful. The two blizzards happened days apart - the first on March 23-24 and the second on March 26-29 - and dumped two feet of snow over Duluth. But that's not all that happened. Winds whipped at 100 miles per hour, and 20-foot waves were spotted on Lake Superior.
3. January 1888 Storm
No one living today will remember this doozy of a blizzard, but it was one of the worst in Minnesota history. January 12 started as a mild day but quickly turned into anything but. The temperature dipped to nearly -40 degrees F, and thick snow quickly began to swirl. Many children died on their way home from school due to cold and lack of visibility. The death toll for this deadly storm was 200 people.
4. November 1981 Blizzard
Most of us remember when the Metronome deflated most recently, back in 2010. But the first time this ever occurred was after the November 19, 1981 snowstorm over the Twin Cities. It left about a foot of snow on the roof of the Dome, causing it to rip. This wouldn't be the last time it happened, with several more collapses occurring throughout the '80s. They may not have been the heaviest snowstorms, but they are among the most memorable.
5. February 28-March 2, 2007 Blizzard
Just under 11 years ago, one of the most memorable snowstorms in recent memory caused some major problems throughout northern Minnesota. The sky dumped over 20 inches of snow in Duluth and many other areas along the North Shore. And the winds, which reached more than 50 miles per hour, pushed the snow into towering drifts. The three-day storm was part of a huge winter storm that rocked the Upper Midwest, leaving many digging out for several days after the snow stopped falling.
6. October 1880 Blizzard
Here's another Minnesota snowstorm that predates anyone around today. Snow drifts topped 20 feet in southern Minnesota, and they stuck around for months during this cold winter. That may not seem uncommon until you realize that it was only October 16! This was the earliest blizzard in Minnesota history, and one that has stayed in the record books for more than 100 years.
7. Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940
On Armistice Day back on November 11, 1940, a slow-moving storm caused more than a few hiccups throughout the Twin Cities. The day started off relatively warm, but the weather caught many hunters unprepared during the start of hunting season. The storm caused almost 50 deaths in the Twin Cities, and 59 sailors were lost in the storm on the Great Lakes.
Do you remember any of these horrific winter storms? We want to know! Share your memories in the comments below.