It was January 12, 1888, Groton, Dakota territory. 8-year-old Walter Allen jumped out of bed and it was warmer than usual. Within minutes he was ready for school and his family kissed him goodbye,and then he was off to school.
Walter's desk at his school.
People coming to Walter's school after a few weeks of being inside were dressed in spring-like clothes because the weather had changed overnight. The weather had changed from 40 degrees below zero to 20 degrees above zero. Some children were inside the school and some were standing outside looking at the golden sky.Some of the students were confused about the weather change and John Buckmiller thought that there is something wrong, and he was right.
Three weather systems were getting ready to crash together and create a blizzard.
Blizzard created by 3 weather systems
Walter was at his desk writing on his chalkboard, and then he heard a loud disruptive sound. He ran to the window and saw so much snow that it looked like it was nighttime. People within the community got sleds, and the children were loaded onto the sleds to take them home.