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Blizzard of March 1966

By on November 25, 2012

The Blizzard of 1966 was one of the worst snow storms ever recorded in North Dakota, often earning the nickname “Blizzard of the Century”.

The storm lasted four days, from Wednesday until Saturday. In the end, 22 inches of snow officially fell on the area. When businesses began to reopen the following day, controversy rang out due to a state blue law preventing stores from opening on Sunday, despite that it was the first time stores could open in days.

Three Northern Pacific Locomotives became stuck in the snow just outside the city. At least 5 deaths were recorded due to the storm. The Governor called a State of Emergency, and sent out the National Guard to assist in cleanup efforts.

The March 1966 snow storm saw the biggest snow total for a single storm in the Bismarck-Mandan region, however March 1966 was not the biggest snow total for a single month, and the 1965-1966 snow season is not the record holder for the most snow in a single season. It was also not the longest blizzard; that honor belongs to the Blizzard of January 1897, which lasted ten days.

Other years seeing major winter storms have included 1897, 1941, 1975, 1997, and most recently 2008 and 2009.


One Comment

  1. Tracy Christopher

    August 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hello,

    I love anything that reminds me of my Grandma and he best years of my life. Carefree and happy, you now the”good ‘ol days”. I was 10 in 1966 and on Saturdays I would help my Grandma clean. My job was to clean the mirrors. We used “Glass Wax” pink can with the pretty housewife in a dress sketched on the
    front of the can and the seal next to he name Gold Seal.
    I was at a thrift shop and spotted a can of Glass Wax. I immediately smelled it. All the memories came rushing back. Of course I bought it and used it on my glass and mirrors.
    The can I have is dated 1966 and it did not have the pretty lady I aspired to be someday, like June Clever! But I’m still pleased with my find.
    BTW I read your history and my maiden name was Shaffer, different spelling!!
    Thanks for the memories.
    Tracy

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