October Blizzard

A three day blizzard with massive amounts of snow and huge snow drifts in October?  Your first thought is likely that which occurred in western South Dakota and southwestern North Dakota a few years ago.  Perhaps the most famous October storm struck parts of this region from October 15-18, 1880.  One to three feet of snow fell across eastern South Dakota into southwestern Minnesota.   Combined with wind gusts near 70 mph were drifts 20-30 feet high.  That storm was made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her book, “The Long Winter”.  October snowstorms have tended to be sporadic, but when they do occur, they are often very memorable.

Daryl Ritchison