The weather on the morning of November 11, 1940 appeared to be harmless. Many people were outdoors, taking advantage of the mild weather. The weather forecast that morning was for colder temperatures and a few flurries. No one was prepared for what was to come. The storm started with rain but quickly turned to snow. By the time the blizzard tapered off on the 12th, the Twin Cities had received 16.7 inches of snow, Collegeville 26.6 inches, and 20-foot drifts were reported near Willmar. In all 49 Minnesotans lost their lives in this storm, many of them hunters trapped by the sudden turn of weather. This photo was taken on Excelsior Boulevard, west of Minneapolis, after the storm.
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society