Ides of March

Today marks the anniversary to one of the most powerful blizzards to hit this area.  That storm that occurred on March 15, 1941.  A powerful Alberta Clipper turned a fairly nice Saturday, into a deadly Saturday night.  A light south wind quickly changed to the north and gusted as high as 85 mph.  Travelers were caught completely unaware of the sudden change in the weather and over 150 died, including 71 in the Red River Valley, mainly of exposure seeking shelter away from their vehicles.  That storm occurred with little snow falling or on the ground, but there was just enough to reduce visibility to zero and that in combination with the cold was deadly.

Daryl Ritchison

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