'91 Halloween Blizzard: A Look Back

By KBJR News 1

October 29, 2011 Updated Oct 31, 2011 at 7:35 AM CST


It's been 20 years since the storm of the century, known around here as the Halloween mega storm, hit the Northland.
Yesterday Meteorologist Adam Clark told us about the weather components that combined to create the mega storm.
Tonight meteorologist Jeff Edmondson catches up with some Northlanders who remember the storm like it was yesterday.

The 1991 Halloween Blizzard was one for the record books. Weathercaster Carol Hall led the KBJR weather team back then and she has a clear memory of how it happened.

"It got bad very quickly, and I think a lot of trick or treaters had their plans cut short early that evening", said Carol Hall. Former NewsCenter Weathercaster.

By the next morning the roads were already impassable with well over a foot of snow. The storm total was 36 inches, basically waist deep.

"It was incredible actually, and I know there were viewers calling me during the storm saying; 'I hear thunder out there", said Hall.

Jim Acheson, the owner of Sammie's Pizza in East Duluth, vividly remembers the thunder snow and the wild evening.

"We were open, we were fully staffed. The streets were just buzzing alive. People were coming home from work early, doing their grocery shopping, picking up a pizza, getting home to get secure for the evening. It all happed so fast by 7 or 7:30 we were closed," said Jim Acheson. Owner Sammie's Pizza Lakeside.

The next morning both Jim and his brother struggled through snow up to their waists to clear their store's entrance so they could open up.

"We even had people on snowmobiles to pick up pizzas and they were comfortable in the early part of the day just driving down the streets", said Jim Acheson.

Former KDLH news anchor Pat Kelly remembers getting housebound from the snow.

"We weren't going to get any trick or treaters and it was just a matter of settling in for the night. And then when you woke up in the morning the doors were blocked", said Pat Kelly. Former KDLH Anchor.

Getting out of the house was a challenge for many but people were depending on Pat Kelly to get to news station to tell them what was going on.

"I had to go up to the second floor porch and walk out on to the second floor and hang off a side and drop down onto a snow drift", said Pat Kelly.

That storm did something important for the Northland.
Over the next several days it brought people together with neighbor helping neighbor
Mountains of snow were moved, the roads were cleared and life in the Northland went on.
In Duluth, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northland's NewsCenter.

A record 36 point 9 inches of snow fell during the Halloween Mega Storm of 1991.

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