TBT – Spring Blizzard of 1997


It’s Throwback Thursday, and we are throwing it back to some wild weather that hit us 20 years ago.

Emily Medalen is live from a road that, at this time in 1997, had snow drifts that were taller than she is.

Good morning Emily, glad to see you aren’t covered in snow!

Good morning Tim and Amber, I was only 3 years old on this day in 1997 but learning about that blizzard almost has me glad I don’t remember it.

Like they mentioned, where I’m standing right now, snow drifts were nearly 10 feet high.

Here is some old KX footage that I got from the video archives at the ND Heritage Center – as you can see, it was quite the storm.

Winds were around 60 miles per hour when it began, and it left Bismarck with nearly 18 inches of snow in less than 2 days.

I spoke with a meteorologist who remembers just how bad it was.

“That was the worst storm that I’ve ever seen. We all knew that we weren’t getting out the next day. We just knew it. We knew that wasn’t going to happen. It was amazing. The winds, the snow, the freezing rain, we had it all,” said Janine Vining, Meteorologist.

I’m just glad that all I need to wear today is this light jacket!

Tim and Amber, I’ll be back later in the show with someone who was stranded after the storm hit.

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