APRIL BLIZZARD IN 1973

A late season snowstorm brought heavy snow to Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Wind gusts were up to 70 mph blowing the snow into snow drifts as high as 16 feet. Snow totals were commonly reported in the 10-20″ range.

Dubuque: 19.2″
Waterloo: 9.7″ (this pushed Waterloo to the top of the list of Snowiest Aprils) 
Cedar Rapids: 14.5″
Belle Plaine 20.2″

The heavy snow and strong wind closed some highways in Iowa.

Click here for an intresting perspective on the storm.

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Posted under Weather History, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on April 9, 2009

5 Comments so far

  1. CPT Doug Eggers February 10, 2010 6:51 pm

    I would just like to say that I haven’t seen snow like I’m seeing in Washington DC right now since the Blizzard of 1973. And wouldn’t you know, you have the stats right here for me to see. I belong to the Iowa National Guard but I’m currently doing a tour here in the National Capitol Region for National Guard Bureau.

  2. Gerald Baker April 27, 2010 10:39 am

    Today’s weather report, of a blizzard coming to northern New England, reminded me of this.

  3. Linda Martin January 10, 2011 12:35 am

    I remember this blizzard well. I was 11 years old and was on a Greyhound bus, having just left Philadelphia with my mother and five siblings, headed for Colorado Springs. The bus couldn’t get through the blizzard and all of us passengers were put up in a town hall in a small town. What I remember most was they provided us cots to sleep on and the local townspeople brought us food. At some point, we were given the most delicious hamburgers I’ve ever tasted (even today), called Made Rights.

  4. Nancy Blough Curtis February 1, 2011 5:15 am

    I remember this blizzard, the snow was so deep that it drifted over our fence rows. I have a picture that my father took of me and our dog standing on top of our horse trailer where the snow was drifted over the top of the trailer and our Ford pickup. As I recall the snow was gone within a week.

  5. Gary Kerndt April 6, 2012 9:26 pm

    I was in high school living with my parents on their farm in northeastern Iowa near Lansing. The last week of March that year was very warm and dry allowing farmers to plant their oats and barley. The first week of April turned much colder. On Saturday forecasters were predicting the possibility of 1 or 2 inches of snow for the following day. On Sunday afternoon it started snowing with very windy conditions. By Monday morning on the 9th of April we had 6 foot snow drifts in our yard.

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