DISCUSSION: As we look back to 20 years ago (April 4-7, 1997) North Dakota was hit with a Major Blizzard. This strong early Spring winter storm which caught many people by surprise brought much of the state to a complete halt. Heavy snowfall (as much as 2 feet in some areas), and winds to 65 MPH, resulted in widespread impacts. This included 100,000 head of cattle killed (10% of the state herd), widespread power outages, and stranded numerous motorists. Damages totaled just under 45 million dollars. The additional snow at Bismarck (17.5 inches), brought the season snowfall total to 101.4 inches. This set an all-time seasonal snowfall record for Bismarck, which still stands today. Hence, this was a historic North-Central U.S. winter weather event which impacted many and brought the region to a complete stand-still for at least 24 to 36 hours. If you have a story from this historic blizzard, please share!!!!
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