How the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 sounded on WCCO Radio

Charlie Boone, Rog Erickson, and many others contributed to covering the massive storm.

Susie Jones
October 31, 2018 - 3:41 pm

It was 27 years ago tonight, Halloween night, that the snow began to fall. It was the storm of the century and one that many of us remember well.

Here's how it sounded on WCCO Radio, with broadcasters Steve Murphy, Eric Eskola and Bruce Hagevik as well as Charlie Boone, Rog Erickson, and many others contributed to covering the massive storm.

One of the biggest storms to ever hit Minnesota, the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 dropped over 20 inches of snow in some parts of the state and crippled a large portion of it.  It started on Oct. 31 and lasted until Nov. 3, 1991.

Adding to the miserable conditions in the last week of October, a large storm system over the Atlantic Ocean blocked most of the weather patterns over the eastern half of the United States, and in turn, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico was funneled straight northward over the affected region.

By the time the precipitation stopped falling, many cities in the eastern half of Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin had witnessed record early-season snowfall accumulations, while parts of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa were crippled by a large ice storm.

Arctic air that was pulled southward behind the storm had combined with the heavy snowpack to produce many record low temperatures. Between the blizzard and the ice storm, 22 people were killed and over 100 were injured.