Halloween Blizzard of 1991 Revisited

By KBJR News 1

October 28, 2011 Updated Oct 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - 20 years ago, one of the biggest blizzards ever to hit the Northland, slammed the area with a vengeance. It was the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, or the Mega Storm as it's known.

Snow, Wind and some more snow. It's the storm that caught everyone off guard. The National Weather Service said there would be a storm, but no one expected what we got slammed with.

"We knew there was going to be a big storm, we had forecasted a storm, and we had a winter storm warning, but for about 12" of snow."

What fell was around 36.9' inches over three days. More than 2' for Douglas and Lake Counties.

So the question on the minds of many is could we see another Mega Storm this winter. The good news is it's not likely, the bad news is we are in for a harsh winter as La Nina takes hold.

"We took a look back at our past La Nina years and here in Duluth, we've been during a strong La Nina year we've been average of up to a degree below normal. Up at International Falls, they can average up to 5 degrees below normal for a winter."

La Nina can also mean more snow.

Duluth could average up to five inches more snow than during a normal winter.

Remember, we're looking for your pictures of the storm! Send them to weather@northlandsnewscenter.com

Posted to the web by Adam Clark
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