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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Goodland KS
500 AM MST Fri Jan 06 2017


In 1886, the second significant blizzard in a week began over the
High Plains. A stage coach from Colby to Oberlin became stranded
in northern Thomas County. The driver crawled on his hands and
knees looking for frozen ruts beneath the snow. Finding none, the
driver located a home where he and his passengers weathered
the storm. Reports from Wichita County stated that the blizzard
began in the afternoon and then raged for three days. The wind
grew more intense each day driving snow into every crack and
crevice of houses. After three days snow drifts taller than sod house
roofs were so compact that teams of horses could walk on them
without breaking through. Unofficial reports indicated that
temperatures dropped 40 degrees in one hour, and more than 60
degrees in two hours. Six men from Thomas County perished in the
storm. This blizzard, combined with one that began on January 1,
made the winter of 1886 one of the harshest in recorded history
across the Tri-State area.

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