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Issued: 6:00 AM MDT Oct. 25, 2016 – National Weather Service

... On this date in weather history...

In 1997, snowfall of 10 to 24 inches accompanied by 50 to 60 mph
winds produced widespread blizzard conditions in the tri state area
with near zero visibility and wind chills to 20 degrees below zero.
It was the largest one day snowfall on record at the Goodland
National Weather Service office with 19.3 inches. An estimated 6200
head of cattle were killed. The air National guard air lifted Hay
to surviving range cattle after the storm. Up to 25 percent of the
remaining fall crops were damaged by the snow and wind. Roads were
closed and motorists stranded. At least one person suffered severe
frostbite and mild hypothermia after becoming stranded for over 12
hours when his snowmobile quit. Total property damage from the
storm was estimated to be 5 million dollars.

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