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Top 5 Largest Blizzards in US History

Severe snowstorms cover California and Nevada, causing several feet of snowfall. Authorities close Interstate 80, advise shelter, and reduce visibility to 1,300 feet.

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Top 5 Largest Blizzards in US History

Top 5 Largest Blizzards in US History: As a result of severe snowstorms, portions of both California and Nevada are covered in several feet of snow. Along the summit of the Sierra Nevada and in the neighboring communities, snowfall may exceed 10 feet in depth.

At the state border near Reno, California, authorities closed 100 miles of Interstate 80 in both directions on Friday. Authorities advised the public to seek shelter, hunker down, and avoid the roads if at all possible. The weekend will bring continued whiteout conditions with a reduced visibility of 1,300 feet (440 yards).

An examination of several of the most severe blizzards that have ever occurred in the United States is warranted.

The 1888 Great Blizzard

This storm, also referred to as the Great White Hurricane, immobilized New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts with 40 to 50 inches of snow. It caused the greatest number of fatalities in the history of the United States during a winter storm, 400.

The 1922 Knickerbocker Storm

As the name suggests, the storm in question caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, DC, to collapse. In the intermission of a silent film, 28 inches of snow dumped and 98 people died.

The 1950 Great Appalachian Storm

This blizzard brought over 50 inches of snow to the central Appalachians over Thanksgiving weekend.

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The 1967 Chicago Blizzard

This storm brought with it the most snowfall in the history of the city, falling a total of 23 inches. The blizzard resulted in sixty fatalities.

The 1978 Northeastern Winter Storm

In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a catastrophic nor’easter engulfed automobiles and confined individuals to their residences and workplaces, while inundating dwellings along Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Bay. Estimates indicate that one hundred people perished.

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1993: The Storm of the Century

A severe blizzard devastated the majority of eastern Canada and the East Coast, from Maine to Florida. Inundation and tornadoes impacted twenty-eight million individuals across twenty-six states. It caused damages between $6 and $10 billion and 300 fatalities.

A 1996 Blizzard Odyssey

Snow and sleet falling over a large portion of the East Coast for three days killed 150 individuals. The storm caused approximately $3 billion in damages to the cities in the affected region by depositing up to 30 inches of snow.

The 2003 Great Blizzard

Twenty people were killed when the storm dumped several feet of snow on the East Coast. Maryland experienced over three feet of water, while New York experienced two feet.

2010 saw Snowmageddon in Washington, D.C.

Within twenty days, three blizzards tore through different regions of the United States, with the initial one traversing the entire coastline and depositing substantial quantities of snow. The second impacted Washington, DC, with 18 inches of snow, and the third induced power outages that affected hundreds of thousands of individuals.

The 2016 Winter Storm Jonas

The storm, also known as Snowzilla, dumped 15 to 30 inches of snow in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, killing nineteen people.

Stormy winter in 2022

From December 21st to the 26th, an extratropical cyclone storm caused widespread destruction across the United States and Canada, resulting in power outages that affected over one million individuals. As temperatures dropped to -70 degrees Fahrenheit in some regions of the country, the death toll surpassed one hundred; in Buffalo, that number was nearly half. President Joe Biden stated in a White House briefing, “This is serious stuff; this is not a snow day when you were a child.”

People unofficially referred to the storm that occurred around Christmas 2002 as Storm Elliott. 1,702 distinct Bulk Electric System (BES3) generating units in the Eastern Interconnection reported a total of 3,565 unscheduled outages, derates, or failed starts during the storm. It was the fifth time in the previous eleven years that inclement weather had disrupted or compromised the national grid.

A power outage affected over 4.5 million individuals residing in Texas; some endured power outages lasting up to four days, during which they were subjected to temperatures below freezing for six days. Deaths resulted from hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, and medical conditions exacerbated by subzero temperatures; the debilitating weather conditions caused these deaths.

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