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Throwback Thursday: snow batters Southeastern Minnesota

On February 9 and 10 of 1959, much of Minnesota found itself digging out from the latest snowstorm, which happened to be the heaviest in over a year for Rochester and surrounding areas.

If digging out wasn’t bad enough for neighborhoods like the one shown here, travel was treacherous if not impossible in some areas due to the combination of 8 to 12 inches of snow, temperatures barely above zero, and winds blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour causing drifts of four to six feet.

In fact, poor visibility caused one Albert Lea motorist to collide with a passenger train. Fortunately, only minor injuries were reported. Storms like this are why the state has earned the moniker MinneSNOWta.

Jacob Murphey

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