View of the Past: Blizzard of 1982

This week’s view features Frank Fohne navigating Scott-Troy Road with an O’Fallon Township snowplow after the Blizzard of 1982.  An all-day rain on Saturday Jan. 30, 1982 intensified into thunderstorms in the evening.  Then the temperature dropped.  Thunderstorm became thundersnow – thunder and lightning accompanied by heavy, quickly accumulating snow.  By Sunday afternoon, O’Fallon was buried under 18 inches of snow with drifts up to 5 feet.  The photo was taken on Monday, the next day. 

(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)