I vaguely remember the famous Winnipeg blizzard of ’66. I was pretty small, but I remember that my older brother – who was 6 – was able to climb up the snow drift beside our house on Egerton Rd. in St. Vital, and onto the roof…but said I was too little to try.
1986, my wife and I were planning on going bowling on the Friday evening, but could see how quickly the snow was accumulating, and so we cancelled those plans and beat it for home, where a neighbour had to dig us out of our house.
On this date, 21 years ago, on Saturday, April 5th, 1997, I was headed out at about 9:30p to my regular Saturday night hosting gig at Zaxx on Jefferson in CanadInns Garden City on McPhillips. It wasn’t snowing that hard when I left home in Whyte Ridge, but was snowing so heavily that it was already starting to drift against the curbs by the time I was headed up McPhillips.
By the time I left the club at about 1:30, the streets were just barely drivable, and only the main routes at that. By the time I turned off of Waverley onto Scurfield Blvd., I couldn’t see where the streets were, and had to make a couple of runs to get through drifts.
I thought I might make it home until I turned onto our street, and got stopped dead right there. It was impassable.
We thought that was going to be the wildest natural event that month, but we were wrong when the melt happened and the Red River flood plain was overcome by the Flood of the Century a couple of weeks later.
Where were you the night the blizzard hit on April 5th? Did you make it home?
(Feature photo: Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press)