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What are the biggest blizzards to ever hit the US?

There’s a big storm brewing that could affect the western and central U.S. and bring heavy rain and snow. What are the biggest blizzards to hit the country?

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Western and central parts of the US are bracing for a giant storm that could bring severe thunderstorms and heavy snow. Hopefully it does not match the strength of past snowstorms that have hit the country.

Here are some of the worst blizzards that the United States has gone through.

The Great Blizzard of 1888

Also known as the Great White Hurricane, this storm carried with it some 40 to 50 inches of snow, immobilizing New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. It killed 400 people, the highest death count in U.S. history for a winter storm.

The Knickerbocker Storm of 1922

The storm, so-called because it caused the collapse of the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, DC, brought 28 inches of snow and killed 98 people during the intermission of a silent film.

The Great Appalachian Storm of 1950

This blizzard hit the central Appalachians with more than 50 inches of snow over Thanksgiving weekend, and claimed over 160 lives.

The Chicago Blizzard of 1967

The city recorded its highest snowfall in history with the coming of this storm, which blew in 23 inches of snow. The blizzard caused the deaths of 60 people.

The Northeastern Winter Storm of 1978

A devastating nor’easter buried cars and trapped people in their homes and offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and flooded homes on the Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Bay. The death toll was estimated at 100 people.

The Storm of the Century, 1993

A massive blizzard pummeled the East Coast, from Maine to Florida, as well as most parts of eastern Canada. Tornadoes and flooding affected 120 million people and 26 states. It caused 300 deaths and $6 to 10 billion in damages.

The Blizzard of 1996

Three days of snow and sleet struck a large part of the East Coast, killing 150 people. The storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow on cities in the affected area, causing some $3 billion in damages.

The Great Blizzard of 2003

The storm unloaded several feet of snow on the East Coast, causing 20 deaths. Parts of Maryland saw more than three feet, while sections of New York were buried in two.

Snowmageddon in Washington DC, 2010

Three blizzards swept through various parts of the U.S. within 20 days, the first traveling from coast to coast and bringing huge amounts of snow. The second dumped 18 inches of snow on Washington DC, while the third caused blackouts affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

Winter Storm Jonas of 2016

The storm, also known as Snowzilla, released 15 to 30 inches of snow on the Northeast and mid-Atlantic and caused 19 deaths.

Winter storm 2022

Not yet named, the storm has caused power outages for more than one million people. Some parts of the country could get as cold as -70F in some parts of the country.

“This is not like a snow day, when you were a kid, this is serious stuff,” President Joe Biden said in a White House briefing on Thursday.


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