The Blizzard of 1949 lives in infamy as one of the worst on record for the entire Northern Plains region.

In addition to affecting all of South Dakota, the storm hit a large part of Nebraska and Wyoming. The storm hit on Jan. 2, 1949, and was followed by two more months of miserable conditions: heavy snow, high winds and bitter cold.

People and livestock perished in the extremes, which still lives on in locals’ memories as the worst winter in a century.

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