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From the archives: The Oct. 26, 1997 Snowstorm

Taking a look back at the unusually early snowstorm of October 1997.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Do you remember the October Blizzard of 1997?

Local 5 weather dug into the archives and found that on this day 25 years ago, Iowa received an unusually large and early-season snowstorm.

The storm stretched from Colorado to central Iowa, with the worst hitting Nebraska, where they received over 20" of snow.

Five people died and nearly 300,000 homes and businesses lost power, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Meanwhile, Des Moines received close to 7" of snow throughout the day.

The earlier-than-usual winter storm caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power from Colorado all the way to here in Iowa. Tree limbs were damaged throughout the state as well.

The snowstorm was unusual for the season and happened before the first freeze of the season.

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