In 1940, Wisconsin Was Hit With The Worst Blizzard In State History

Most often in Wisconsin, blizzards don’t hit the whole state. Parts of Wisconsin have suffered bigger storms, but in 1940, in a storm that came to be known as the Armistice Day Blizzard, a storm so big that it stretched across Minnesota, Wisconsin and into Illinois and Michigan devastated the Midwest. On November 11 and 12, more than 150 people died in a storm that literally came out of nowhere, dumped a foot of snow, and was accompanied by 50 to 80 mph winds that created 20-foot drifts. This rare November blizzard caught people unaware and is one of the worst storms to ever hit Wisconsin.

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We’ve had our fair share of winter storms here in Wisconsin. Read about 12 of the worst right here.