Mandan News

Snowstorm makes the record books

A partially started snowman sits in the middle of a sidewalk in downtown Mandan during the snowstorm's aftermath. Brian L. Gray photo

A partially started snowman sits in the middle of a sidewalk in downtown Mandan during the snowstorm’s aftermath. Brian L. Gray photo

The snow that fell in Mandan on Sunday, April 14, was one for the record books. The day marked the most snowfall that ever arrived in the Bismarck-Mandan area in one day.

On April 14, a total of 17.3 inches of snow blanketed the Bismarck-Mandan area, closing all roads and shutting down schools and city hall the following day, in addition to all of Morton County declaring a snow emergency.

The record for any day of snowfall was 15.5 on March 3, 1966. The most snow to fall in the month of April was in 1997, on April 5, when 15.2 inches of snow fell.

Another record set was for the most snow to fall on April 14. The previous record for April 14 was set in 1986, when 5 inches of snow fell.

In all, the storm dropped 23.5 inches of snow from April 13 to 15. The state’s weather records date back to the year 1875.