1936 was an unusual year for weather. January and February are on record as one of the coldest winters in Minnesota history. February alone had 15 days where the daytime high did not break zero. When the temperature did climb above zero, it snowed.
February 8-9, 1936 was one such time. Along with a heavy snowfall, the blowing wind created snow drifts of up to six feet. These drifts blocked roadways and railways, effectively cutting off transportation in and out of Mankato. One train was delayed in Mankato for 36 hours. Even after the roads and rails were cleared, people around town were still digging out from the storm days later.
Coincidentally, the summer that followed this extreme winter was the hottest on record.
TBT, or Throwback Thursday, is done in partnership with KEYC News 12 in Mankato. This segment can be viewed during the noon news on Thursdays.