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  • Writer's pictureCarole Chantler

Historic Blizzards from across North America

Here are some blizzards that made history

SCHOOLHOUSE BLIZZARD

This storm occurred on January 12, 1888. It was also called the Children's Blizzard because it claimed 235 lives, most of them children. It came from Canada to what is now North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

THE GREAT WHITE HURRICANE

This blizzard started on March 11 and lasted four full days. It gripped the Chesapeake Bay to all of the Canadian maritime provinces. A total of 50 inches of snow fell in the Northern US with wind gusts of over 80 mph. When it was done, 50 feet of snow drifts and 400 lives were claimed - half in New York.


ARMISTICE DAY BLIZZARD

This storm happened on Nov 11, 1941, with blizzard conditions in Manitoba, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Western Ontario. The storm left 49 dead in Minnesota alone. Several shipwrecks took a total of 59 sailors. Iowa received a total of 17 inches of snow once the storm finished.


SEVEREST BLIZZARD OF THE MODERN ERA

On March 15, 1941, a storm took a total of 39 lives in North Dakota and 32 in Minnesota. Top wind speeds with this storm were: 85 mph in Grand Forks, ND and 75 mph in Duluth, Minnesota. A total of 27 inches of snow fell in Collegeville with the Twin Cities receiving a total of 16 inches.


PRESIDENT'S DAY STORM

This historical and record-breaking storm occurred from Feb 14-19, 2003. It started on the East Coast and spread into Canada. A total of 30 inches of snow buried all cities from Washington, DC to Boston. Baltimore received a total of 28.2 inches of snow. It was the biggest storm on record.

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