Late-Season Storm #1

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Snowbanks along Madison Avenue

The Great Blizzard of 1888 (aka The Great White Hurricane of 1888) struck on March 12; it was a storm unlike any other. By some accounts, a late-season hurricane colliding with a cold front produced the storm. In less than 24 hours,  New York found itself buried under snowdrifts two stories deep in many places; wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour made a bad situation even worse. The city was paralyzed for nearly two weeks.

read more: New York Historical Society

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