Massachusetts December 02, 2017
It’s Impossible To Forget These 7 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In Massachusetts History
Massachusetts is no stranger to crazy winter storms. Due to our position on the northeast coast of the U.S., we feel the full force of countless blizzards and nor’easters. Here are some of the most historic and devastating winter storms that have ever passed through the Bay State.
1. Winter Storm Nemo, 2013
Winter Storm Nemo may not have been classed as a blizzard, but it was just about as destructive a storm as Massachusetts has ever seen. Nemo deposited a record-breaking amount of snow on Boston and the coastal regions of the state. It kicked up winds that reached a staggering 102 m.p.h. Over 700,000 homes were left without electricity in the wake of the storm, and 18 people lost their lives.
2. The Blizzard of 2006
This storm was a big one in terms of how many places were affected. The blizzard stretched all across New England, with Massachusetts towns by the water feeling the brunt of the storm. In Central Massachusetts, residents battled their way through over 20 inches of snow. Almost all flights in and out of the state were cancelled for the week following the storm due to massive cleanup efforts.
3. The Blizzard of 2005
This blizzard was so strong that it actually make it all the way to the U.K. after pummeling New England. The storm struck in late January and caused major highways to completely shut down for days while the snow was cleared away. In some spots, snow drifts climbed as high as 10 feet. Many areas of the state reported white-out conditions on the roads, which led to a great many accidents.
4. The Blizzard of 1978
For one generation of Bay Staters, the Blizzard of 1978 needs no introduction. This record-breaking storm struck hard and fast in Massachusetts, with the impact on Boston being particularly devastating. People went to work in the city in the morning and by afternoon, they were stranded without a means to get back home. Many commuters who left work early in an attempt to beat the storm were left marooned on highways. Overall, Boston received 27.1 inches of snow that fell hard and fast. Rockport was also particularly pummeled; the coastal town was buried beneath 32 inches of the white stuff. This blizzard lead to the deaths of at least 73 people in Massachusetts and injured over 4,500 others.
5. The 1969 Nor'easter
This killer storm spanned four days and dumped a total of 27 inches of snow on Boston and other parts of the state. With winds whipping as fast as 105 m.p.h. on Cape Cod, the weather service actually classified this storm as an intense cyclone on the Cape.
6. The April Fool’s Day Blizzard of 1997
This storm had a pretty wretched sense of humor. Though it’s not uncommon for Massachusetts to see wintery weather right into April, this storm hit the Bay State hard for another reason: warm temperatures had led many stores to put away their snow gear and plows had been stored away for the spring. When this blizzard struck between March 31 and April 1, many towns were taken by surprise and struggled to clear roads. Thousands of residents were stranded in their homes without power OR snow shovels, which had been stowed away in unreachable sheds or cars.
7. The Great Blizzard of 1888
Your grandparents may have heard stories about this one from their parents or grandparents. The Great Blizzard of 1888 was the worst in American history. It claimed the lives of over 400 people across the Northeast. The storm first hit Massachusetts on March 11 and stranded some residents in their homes for more than seven days. In some spots, the snow drifts were over 50 feet deep. It took years for the damage to infrastructure and property to be fully repaired.
These winter storms will go down as some of the most extreme weather moments in Massachusetts history. If you’re looking for pointers on making it through the cold season here in one piece,
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