slides: The 10 Greatest Blizzards in Central MA History
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Massachusetts is no stranger to severe winter weather. Just last year Massachusetts experienced the wrath of Winter Storm Nemo, which blanketed the state in over two feet of snow and led Governor Deval Patrick to declare a State of Emergency. And who could forget the mother of all winter storms – the Blizzard of 1978.
Although the Blizzard of 1978 and Nemo may be a fixture in the minds of Massachusetts residents, the Bay State has experienced many other storms throughout its history. From an April Fool’s Day storm that was no laughing matter to an overlooked 125-year-old blizzard, we’ve done the research to bring to you the top ten blizzards ever to hit Massachusetts.
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10. Blizzard of 2006
Max Accumulation: Approximately 22"
February 11-13, 2006
Arriving on the evening of Feb. 13, this Nor’easter resulted in heavy snow, coastal flooding and a storm surge in Massachusetts. Wilbraham was the hardest hit area receiving more than 22 inches of snow.
9. Blizzard of 2010
Max Accumulation: Approximately 24"
December 22-29, 2010
This historic blizzard brought as much as two feet of snow to parts of Massachusetts and caused Boston to declare a State of Emergency.
8. Winter Storm Nemo
Max Accumulation: Approximately 25"
February 7-18, 2013
Total snowfall in Boston reached nearly 25 inches, making it the fifth-highest total ever recorded in the city.
7. 1969 Nor’easter
Max Accumulation: Approximately 26"
February 8-10, 1969
This storm blanketed many parts of Massachusetts with upwards of 20 inches of snow, including 26.3 in Boston.
6. Blizzard of 2003
Max Accumulation: Approximately 27.5"
February 14-19, 2013
Know as the President’s Day Storm II, this blizzard brought a record-setting 27.5 inches of snow to Boston.
5. Blizzard of 1996
Max Accumulation: Approximately 30"
Jan. 6-10, 1996
One of two blizzards to receive an “extreme” rating on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, this storm blanketing parts of Western Massachusetts with upwards of 30 inches of snow.
4. Blizzard of 1978
Max Accumulation: Approximately 32"
February 5-7, 1978
This historic nor’easter brought a then-record 27.1 inches of snowfall to Boston and over 32 inches to Rockport. Additionally, the storm killed 73 Bay State residents.
3. April Fool's Day Blizzard
Max Accumulation: Approximately 33"
March 30 to April 1, 1997
This blizzard was no joke, dropping a record-breaking 33 inches on Worcester.
2. Blizzard of 2005
Max Accumulation: Approximately 40"
January 20-23, 2005
This three-day storm delivered more than 40 inches of snow in Mashpee, Massachusetts, one of the hardest hit areas. Some portions of Massachusetts reported 6 foot snow drifts.
1. Great Blizzard of 1888
Max Accumulation: Approximately 50"
March 11-14, 1888
One of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States, this superstorm dumped as much as 50 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts.
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