Blizzard Tears Through Upper Plains, Midwest

April 16, 2018 12:08 PM
 
?The calendar says April, but Old Man Winter is still making his presence known nearly four weeks after the official start of spring.

The calendar says April, but Old Man Winter is still making his presence known nearly four weeks after the official start of spring.

Over the weekend, blizzard warnings stretched from southwestern Nebraska to Michigan, blanketing fields with inches of snow. Strong wind and heavy snow closed major highways in parts of South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. In Wisconsin, some dairies even had roofs on barns collapse.

Farmers and ranchers were caught in the midst of it, praying their livestock would make it through the harsh conditions.

And in the worst times, the best things happen, showing how tough cattle can be.

In some cases, farmers had to dig their cattle out of the barn.

 

The incredibly strong winds that accompanied Blizzard Evelyn produced huge snow drifts in rather unusual places. A...

Posted by Kinnard Farms on Monday, April 16, 2018
 

Winter storm Evelyn packed a punch! Thankful that no one was hurt in the barn collapse. All animals were moved safely!...

Posted by Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy LLC on Monday, April 16, 2018
 

Day 2 of winter storm Evelyn!! Everyone stayed dry and warm, the girls were ready for milking, and our team was working hard to keep things flowing smoothly today! #WSEvelyn #grateful #farm365

Posted by Wagner Farms Inc. on Sunday, April 15, 2018

With these conditions, some are questioning what month it is.

While snowy conditions aren’t ideal in April, it’s not the first time this has happened.

Instead of complaining, some are working ground as the snow falls.

Hopefully this will be the last big snowfall of the year.

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