On this day in 1940...

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The Armistice Day blizzard pounded the entire Upper Midwest, leaving 49 Minnesotans dead.

The storm formed quickly that day after 60-degree temperatures in the morning plummeted, turning rain into heavy snow.

Whiteout conditions in central Minnesota caused two trains to collide in Watkins. In Willmar, 20-foot snow drifts were reported.

The most snow fell in Collegeville, where 27 inches piled up.

In all, 145 people were killed across the region, with the most casualties in Minnesota.

More than a million turkeys on Minnesota farms also perished just a few weeks before Thanksgiving.

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