60 on 6: Fargo’s 1975 Super Bowl blizzardFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We all saw over the weekend how we escaped the blizzard that blanketed the western part of the Dakota; more than three feet of snow in some sections.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We all saw over the weekend how we escaped the blizzard that blanketed the western part of the Dakota; more than three feet of snow in some sections.
And as we get closer to winter, a look tonight at one of the more famous blizzards that is still talked about in living rooms around our viewing area because it interrupted a big football game.
As part of WDAY'S 60th year on the air, we are looking back at big news events, including tonight; the Blizzard of 1975.
It will be forever known as the “Super Bowl Blizzard.” That 1975 Storm crippled much of Minnesota and North Dakota; winds so fierce that snow and dirt covered homes in Fargo-Moorhead. Some called it the “Black Blizzard.”
I live on a farm and I could not get out there, so I had to stay in town for three days.
January 10, 1975: That storm dumped over 20 inches of snow with wind gusts reported over 70 mph in parts of Minnesota; 24 hours of wind and low visibility in our region.
We did not find them any place in that circle.
Locally, we received six inches of snow from that blizzard.
It was January 12th. 58 people would die in the Midwest snowstorm; thousands of cattle lost. Record low pressure numbers were recorded in our region.
That particular storm caused many Minnesotans to miss the Vikings play in the Super Bowl that year because of power outages and therefore the storm is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl Blizzard.
While many sat in the dark or tried to dig out from the storm, the Vikings performed poorly again, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6.
That same storm produced 45 tornadoes in the country's Southeast.