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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 14 2013

Weather Talk: October snowstorms often can be very memorable

A three-day blizzard with massive amounts of snow and huge snowdrifts in October. Your first thought is likely the storm that occurred in western South Dakota and southwestern North Dakota earlier this month. It was an impressive storm that brought near record amounts of snow to many areas for so early in the season.

Our area experienced a smaller-scale system during the same time frame last year. More than 10 inches of snow fell across far northwestern Minnesota. Another storm, even more powerful, struck parts of this area from Oct. 15-18, 1880. One to 3 feet of snow fell across eastern South Dakota into southwestern Minnesota. Combined with wind gusts near 70 mph, drifts 20-30 feet high were reported.

That storm was made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her book “The Long Winter.”

October snowstorms have tended to be sporadic through the years. But when they do occur, they are often very memorable.


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