It Was So Cold In New Jersey In 1961, Temperatures Stayed Below Freezing For 16 Days
By Raymond Goldfield|Published December 12, 2022
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
New Jerseyans are tough – and our winters usually match! There’s no question that your typical Garden State winter can be brutal – heavy snowstorms, sub-zero temperatures, painful wind-chills, and slick roadways are all common. New Jerseyans soldier through, shovel the driveway as needed, and look forward to the first signs of spring – unless you’re one of those people who loves winter and is skiing the cold months away. Fortunately, the odds are good that no matter how cold the 2023 winter is, it’ll be nothing compared to the harsh winter of 1961. That winter featured a cold snap that went down in history – and will hopefully never be repeated. So let’s turn back the clock to the most intense winter in New Jersey history, and give thanks every time that thermometer creeps its way above freezing!
Have you heard stories of the brutal winter of 1961? What’s the coldest winter in New Jersey history that you personally lived through? Let us know your winter memories in the comments section. If you’re looking to make the most of this upcoming winter, why not take a trip to New Jersey’s snowiest town?
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