Kind Miss Beadle dismisses her students early on Christmas Eve as soft snow flurries begin to fly, unaware that the children will soon be caught walking home in a deadly, howling blizzard.
Did You Know?
The plot of this episode, a sudden and unexpected snowstorm turning into a blizzard, trapping schoolchildren outside and people getting lost because of no visibility, parallels the real life events of the blizzard of January 12, 1888 in the great plains states area of Nebraska and the Dakotas. This blizzard, known as the Schoolhouse Blizzard, came up suddenly on a warm day, children left school without coats, and got lost during the furious blizzard. The death toll from this blizzard was estimated to be 235 dead and hundreds of others suffering frostbite and other injuries and sickness. See more
Despite there being 30-40 mile per hour winds (according to the telegraph messages) the snow on the ground isn't seen to blow about. In winds that heavy the air would be filled with blowing snow. See more
Grace Snider Edwards
Isaiah and the children will be here any minute. He spent his whole life in the mountains. Why, this is just a little snowfall for him. You wait and see! He'll be here! He will! Just as soon as he can...