January 3, 1977
One winter day, before Christmas vacation, the children are at school. Miss. Beadle realizes that a storm is brewing, and lets the school children out early so that they all can make it home before the storm starts. The storm starts before the children can reach home, and Mary, Laura, and Carrie are caught in it, along with other children. They set up camp in an old barn. The men in the town search for the children while Doc Baker sets up shop in the church to help the frozen children as they each come in. One man goes outside and finds a boy who came home by himself, but his Pa dies in the snow.