NMC in History

February 18, 2021

Photo courtesy of Ann Swaney / NMC Archives

This year, Northern Michigan has experienced more cold than snow, but locals know that every winter has the potential to bring in a blizzard. On Jan. 22, 1959, NMC shuttered its doors until noon—a rarity for the college—after what the Traverse City Record-Eagle dubbed “the worst storm of the winter” in which “more than 100 automobiles were found abandoned” had hit the region. The blizzard brought more than seven inches of snow the day prior that continued with additional snow squalls and flurries, and 35mph wind gusts caused huge snow drifts. Pictured above is NMC’s Cedar parking lot (then known as the Administrative Building lot) after the storm.

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