The Blizzard of 1949

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 05/06/2009

In a fateful winter spanning from November 1948 to February 1949, a barrage of blizzards unleashed havoc across the Northern Great Plains. As snow descended from the sky, the ground was transformed into treacherous barriers, burying houses and bringing train tracks to a standstill. The dire situation reached a tipping point when millions of cattle faced the threat of starvation in their snow-covered pastures. This galvanized the United States military into action as the Air Force took to the skies, deploying cargo planes laden with hay bales, delivering a lifeline to the livestock below. At the same time, the Army ventured into the storm to rescue stranded people who were at the mercy of nature's wrath.