Looking Back at Past Blizzards
Where will this one rank when it's all over?
It's coming. There's no question about it.
National and local meteorologists predict a blizzard will hit a good chunk of Massachusetts, including Norton, where up to one and a half feet of snow is expected, along with winds stronger than 50 mph, whiteout conditions and snow drifts.
How bad will this storm be compared to past blizzards? We'll know that answer some time Monday night when the blizzard warning has been lifted.
But until then, here's a list of past blizzards and how other cities and states were affected.
1888 March Blizzard of '88
The "Blizzard of '88" produced temperatures plummeting well below zero, ravaging gusts of wind and deep snowdrifts that stranded several cities, leaving them without transportation or communication. New York City suffered the most damage, particularly to its harbor areas.
1914 March 1 Heavy Wet Snow/High Winds
"The worst since '88," crippled New York and New Jersey; Asbury Park, N.J., received 24 inches of snow; New York's barometer dipped to a record 28.38 inches; downed wires and poles disrupted communications and power in New Jersey.
1940 Nov. 11 Armistice Day Storm
Over the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes; blizzard conditions in Manitoba, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and western Ontario; 49 dead in Minnesota alone; gales on Lake Michigan caused wrecks and the loss of 59 sailors; 17-inch snowfall in Iowa; barometer at 28.66 inches in Duluth, Minn.
1941 March 15 Severest Blizzard of Modern Era
Struck on a Saturday night; 39 lives lost in North Dakota; 32 died in Minnesota; also buffeted parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba; 85 mph winds at Grand Forks, N.D.; 75 mph. winds at Duluth, Minn.. In Minnesota, 27 inches fell at Collegeville, and the Twin Cities recorded 16 inches.
1960 Dec. 12 Pre-Winter Blizzard in Northeast
20.4 inches of snow in Newark, N.J.; 17 inches in New York City; 13 inches in Boston; Nantucket had 15.7 inches with wind averaging 36 to 51 mph.
1961 Jan. 19-20 The Kennedy Inaugural Snowstorm
Occurred on the eve of John F. Kennedy's Presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.; second of three huge snows to hit the Northeast during the winter of 1960-61; Washington and Baltimore saw 8 inches of snow; New York City got 10 inches; 25 inches in Connecticut and New Hampshire; 24 inches in Massachusetts; barometer fell to 28.59 inches off Nantucket.
Feb. 3–4 Third Big Snow of the Winter of '60-'61
Produced near-record snow cover in the major metropolitan areas since snow fell on unmelted accumulations from the previous storms; also produced paralyzing gale-to-hurricane-force winds along coastal areas; Washington, D.C., and Baltimore saw 8 to 11 inches; New York City received 19 to 24 inches; Boston got 14.4 inches; highest amount fell at Cortland, N.Y., with 40 inches.
March 4 Severe Northern Plains Blizzard
Raged in North Dakota and Minnesota for over 100 hours; wind gusts to 100 mph; snowfall up to 35 inches; traffic paralyzed for three days; also affected parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and western Ontario.
1976 Feb. 2 The Groundhog Day Storm
Storm system rapidly intensified off Delmarva Coast (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) and raced northeastward; briefly brought blizzard conditions and, in just a few hours, a 20- to 40-degree drop in temperature to the Northeast; brought wind gusts of 100 mph to Nova Scotia; barometric pressure fell to 28.30 inches, much lower than many summertime hurricanes.
1977 Jan. 30 The Buffalo (N.Y.) Blizzard
Worst blizzard on record to hit east side of Lakes Erie and Ontario; wind gusts to 69 mph.; zero-visibility whiteouts; wind chill factor of -50 degrees.
1978 Feb. 6-7 Blizzard of '78
Hurricane-force winds and record-breaking snowfall made this storm one of the more intense ones to occur this century across parts of the Northeast; small area with 50 or more inches of snowfall was reported in northern Rhode Island; Washington, D.C., received 2.2 inches; Baltimore 9.1 inches; Philadelphia 14.1 inches; New York City 17.7 inches; Boston received 27.1 inches and was subsequently completely shut down for a week.
1979 Feb. 19 The Presidents' Day Storm
Chiefly affected the middle Atlantic states with record snowfall in many areas; Washington, D.C., 18.7 inches in 18 1/2 hours at the airport with a total depth of 23 inches; Baltimore airport had 20 inches.
1993 March 13-14 The Blizzard of '93
Described by the National Weather Service as "one of the worst storms of the century"; the onslaught left 13 inches of snow in Birmingham, Ala., and 36 inches in Syracuse, N.Y.; dozens of tornadoes were reported in the South; more than 200 lives lost.
1996 Jan. 7-8 The Blizzard of '96
An immense blizzard paralyzed much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, with snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet common in many areas; 100 dead; major airports in the Northeast corridor were shut down for at least two days.
2003 The Blizzard of 2003, also known as the Presidents' Day Storm of 2003, or Presidents' Day Storm II
This historical and record-breaking East Coast snowstorm lasted from February 14-19, 2003; it started on the East Coast and spread into Canada; all cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston were covered in 15 to 30 inches of snow, and those cities were brought to a standstill due to problems caused by temperatures and the snow; in Baltimore and Boston, this was the biggest snowstorm on record, with 28.2 inches and 27.5 inches of snow, respectively.
2006 Feb. 11 Blizzard of 2006
A nor'easter that began on the evening of Feb. 11, this storm dumped heavy snow across the Northeast from Virginia to Maine through the early evening of Feb. 12 and ended in Canada on Feb. 13; major northeast cities from Baltimore to Boston received at least a foot of snow, with an all-time record amount of 26.9 inches in New York City, the most since at least 1869, the start of record keeping.