North Dakota November 21, 2017
It’s Impossible To Forget These 6 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In North Dakota History
North Dakota is no stranger to winter storms. Each year, on average, the state gets anywhere from 35 to 50 inches of snowfall. Along with the typical snowstorms, on occasion a history-making blizzard will come through. Here are 6 horrific winter storms in the Peace Garden State that have made a mark in the history books and will never be forgotten.
1. The Schoolhouse Blizzard - 1888
This terrifying storm seemingly came out of nowhere on a warm day in January of 1888. It was known as the Schoolhouse Blizzard due to the fact that many school children became trapped at school when the blizzard came through in the middle of the day. Many people perished as a result of this storm due to rapidly dropping temperatures and whiteout conditions.
2. The '97 Blizzard
Over the course of three days, this insane blizzard dropped over two feet of snow onto North Dakota. It knocked out hundreds of power lines and left many people without any electricity. There were over 100,000 head of cattle lost to this storm. Additionally, this storm caused the massive flooding later that year due to the large amount of melted snow.
3. The Blizzard of 1941
In March of 1941, winds picked up to speeds of up to 85 mph as a brutal cold front began to sweep through the state. A massive drop in temperature along with heavy snowfall resulted in the deaths of 68 people. Many of them perished due to getting lost in the storm after abandoning stuck cars or trying to find their way home.
4. The 1920 Blizzard
In mid March, 1920, North Dakota was hit with a terrible winter storm that resulted in 34 people dying. It is still considered one of the worst blizzards in the state's history. Like many of these other winter storms, it had heavy snowfall coupled with exceptionally strong winds, creating whiteout conditions and plummeting temperatures.
5. The 1966 Blizzard
This famous blizzard has been one of the most devastating and longest blizzards to ever occur. Winds gusted at up to 100 mph and created snow drifts that were up to 30 feet tall. Visibility was down to zero in a majority of the state during the storm, and the after effects lasted quite a while due to the amount of damages. Five people died in North Dakota as a result.
6. The 1984 Blizzard
During an otherwise nice February 4th in 1984, a massive winter storm hit North Dakota and left a permanent mark on the memories of those that endured it. Roads became impossible to use and many cars got covered in huge snow drifts, which caused the deaths of multiple people.
What are your North Dakota winter storm stories? Do you remember any of these storms?
North Dakota has had many blizzards in its past and pretty much always gets at least some snow during the winter. While it can be terrifying, sometimes it makes the state’s landscape turn beautiful.
Take a look at times the snow created a mesmerizing sight here in North Dakota.