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60 on 6: Blizzard on February 4th, 1984

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two spots in the metro, that continue to be troublesome during blizzards, are 12th Avenue and 19th avenue north.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two spots in the metro, that continue to be troublesome during blizzards, are 12th Avenue and 19th avenue north.

The blizzard over the weekend again resulted in heavy drifting and low visibility on those roads.

Tonight on s a look at a tragic storm 30-years ago, that turned 19th Avenue North into a death trap.

The day started out so perfect.

Saturday February 4th, 1984.

In fact on Cormorant Lake, hundreds turned out for a fishing derby and winter golf tournament on the ice.

But a low pressure system developed rapidly and by midafternoon that day, the weather turned.

Strong winds blew in.

Fresh snow, along with a foot of existing snow began to blow around, making it hard to see for anyone driving.

On 19th Avenue north, near Hector Airport, cars either pulled over, or stalled.

Drifts began covering entire cars.

And that is what killed a Fargo man, his son, and two friends of his son.

They died from carbon monoxide poisoning, after snow plugged the car's exhaust.

They were not found until the next day, when authorities discovered a stretch of 19th avenue full of cars, barely visible.

Most covered in drifts.

Drifts as high as speed limit signs.

The deaths later led to the installation of storm gates on 19th avenue which are used to close the road during blizzards.

Around the Midwest that day, 16 people died. Winds around southern Minnesota reached 80-miles an hour.

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