4. The Armistice Day Blizzard

Photographer: Unknown

Year: November 1940

Location: Minnesota

Casualties: 150

What started out as a warm November morning on Armistice Day (better known as Veteran's Day) encouraged hundreds of duck hunters on the MIssissippi River to play hookey and take advantage of the nice weather. When temperatures dropped from the 60s into the 30s and snow began to fall, they were less than equipped and many froze in the terrible conditions. Many found them trapped in the abrupt storm, which swiftly travelled over a thousand mile stretch from Nebraska to Minnesota, dropping up to 27 inches of snow. On Excelsior Boulevard in Minneapolis, cars became more like stepping stones to traverse the snowy city.