DISCUSSION: By looking back to the period of time between April 13-14th, 1986, we find the period of time in which a major winter storm the Dakotas. As we look back to this major winter blast which unfolded roughly 31 years ago today, this system unfolded such that it was a major spring storm which quickly intensified and brought blizzard conditions to much of the Northern Plains Region. Moreover, there was up to 18 inches of snow reported in parts of North Dakota, and in South Dakota, high winds whipped the snow into drifts up to or possibly just over fifteen feet high. During the course of this event, livestock losses were in the millions of dollars, and for some areas, it was the worst blizzard in decades. Hence, this was a very intense winter storm which had major impacts across many parts of the North-Central United States.
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