Special Report

The Worst Blizzards of All Time

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10. The Storm of the Century
> RSI score: 24.43
> Duration: Mar 12th, 1993 – Mar 15th, 1993
> Region: Southeast
> Affected area: 551,948 square miles
> Population affected: 120.8 million
> Notable snowfall: 56 inches (Mount LeConte, Tennessee)

The Storm of the Century, also known as the Superstorm of 1993, was one of the most costly and deadliest weather disasters of the 20th century. It cut across the South and up along the East Coast to Maine. Snow totals ranged from nearly 60 inches in Mount LeConte, Tennessee, to less than an inch in Raleigh, North Carolina. The storm led to more than 300 deaths and $2 billion in damages in 1993 dollars — equivalent to almost $3.7 billion today.

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9. The Blizzard of 1984
> RSI score: 25.95
> Duration: Apr 24th – Apr 28th
> Region: Northern Rockies and Plains
> Affected area: 418,380 square miles
> Population affected: 3.1 million
> Notable snowfall: 24 inches (Campbell County, Wyoming)

A rare springtime blizzard left parts of the Northern Rockies and Plains buried under four feet of snow. The storm also produced tornadoes that crashed into homes and businesses in the Plains. An AP report quoted snowplow drivers saying the snow was so high it was like driving through a brick wall.

8. The Blizzard of 1996
> RSI score: 26.37
> Duration: Jan 6th – Jan 9th
> Region: Southeast
> Affected area: 331,486 square miles
> Population affected: 89.5 million
> Notable snowfall: 26.6 inches (Baltimore, Maryland)

Snow began to fall on Washington, D.C. on January 6, and soon the storm moved up the Eastern Seaboard. Newark, New Jersey, was hit with 28 inches, while Providence, Rhode Island, received 32 inches and Philadelphia 30 inches. When it was all over, 154 people had lost their lives and the region suffered $1 billion in damages.

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7. The Great Cold Outbreak of 1985
> RSI score: 27.06
> Duration: Feb 7th – Feb 15th
> Region: Upper Midwest
> Affected area: 252,012 square miles
> Population affected: 23.9 million
> Notable snowfall: N/A

Severe cold temperatures affected every state east of the Rockies and reached down into the deep South with Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina frozen under -34 degrees. Florida’s citrus industry suffered $2.5 billion in losses from the “freeze of the century.”

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6. The Halloween Blizzard of 1991
> RSI score: 30.18
> Duration: Oct 31st – Nov 4th
> Region: Upper Midwest
> Affected area: 251,176 square miles
> Population affected: 23.5 million
> Notable snowfall: 28 inches (Twin Cities, Minnesota)

The Upper Midwest was spooked by a blizzard on Halloween Day of 1991, with heavy snowfall and ice. Duluth, Minnesota, received nearly 37 inches of snow, a record that held until 1994. Interesting fact: The same weather pattern that began in the Northeast and was the basis for the book “The Perfect Storm,” about the tragic sinking of a fishing vessel off the Nova Scotia coast, was responsible for the Halloween Day blizzard.