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Oct 31, 1991

October 31, 2008

Frozen trick or treaters wore snowsuits as the snow fell, in one of the most historic early season snow storms in Minnesota history. There was up to 36.6 inches of snow. Southern Minnesota saw an ice storm. Extremely cold temperatures that followed the storm hindered highway snow removal. Snow fell occasionally from 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour. Strong northwest winds created a 6 to 10 foot drifts. The storm closed schools, businesses and transpiration for several days. The Halloween Blizzard was a period of heavy snowfall and ice accumulation that affected parts of the Upper Midwest of the United States, from October 31–November 3, 1991.

Over the last week of October, 1991 a large storm system over the Atlantic Ocean blocked most of the weather patterns over the eastern half of the United States, and in turn moisture from the Gulf of Mexico was funneled straight northward over the affected region. By the time the precipitation stopped falling many cities in the eastern half of Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin would witness record early-season snowfall accumulations, while parts of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa were crippled by a large ice storm. Arctic air that was pulled southward behind the storm would combine with the heavy snow pack to produce many record low temperatures. Between the blizzard and the ice storm 22 people were killed and over 100 were injured.

Thanks to Mr. Gunderson’s 6th grade class at Virginia-Roosevelt Elementary School for the research on October’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.