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MONDAY FEBRUARY 12 - MEGALOPOLITAN SNOWSTORM
Whenever you talk about snowstorms around here, of course the January 1996 storm
tops the list. But how about the storm that was number one before the Blizzard of '96
That record-setting storm was just ending on this day in 1983. The storm was
nicknamed the "Megalopolitan Snowstorm" because it shut down much of the heavily
populated metropolitan corridor of the Northeast, dumping more than 20 inches of
snow along a stretch that included the
Big Four of Washington, Baltimore,
Philadelphia and New York City.
The snow began here on a
Friday morning, and by
late afternoon, winds of 25 to
35 mph created near-blizzard conditions. By the middle of that evening, all
the interstates were closed or impassable, and the airport was shut down.
At times, snow fell at 2 to 4 inches per hour, and there was even thunder
during the storm, a very unusual occurrence. Were it not for the Blizzard
of '96, this
1983 superstorm is the one people would still be talking about.