What Are Some Famous Blizzards?

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Major blizzards in U.S. history include those from March 11 to 14, 1888; January 27 to 28, 1922; February 5 to 7, 1978; January 6 to 10, 1996; December 26 to 27, 2010; and March 12 to 15, 1993. The storm from March 12 to 15, 1993, is sometimes referred to as the Storm of the Century.

The Storm of the Century killed at least 300 people and caused an estimated $6 to $10 billion in damage despite a severe storm warning from the National Weather Service two days in advance. It hit 26 states in the eastern United States.

The storm that occurred from January 27 to 28 in 1922 is sometimes called the Knickerbocker Storm. It hit the upper south and middle Atlantic states with an average of 28 inches of snow in Washington, D.C. The weight of the snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre to collapse, giving the storm its name.

Sometimes referred to as the Great White Hurricane, the blizzard of March 11 to 14, 1888, killed at least 400 people in the eastern United States. The storm created 50-foot-high drifts in places and is considered one of the motivating forces spurring the building of subways in New York City and Boston.