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Historic Northeast Snowstorm

Historic Northeast Snowstorm

by Kristin Walls

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

The historic snowstorm that hit the northeast this weekend will be one for the record books after dumping more than 2 feet of snow in some areas. The heaviest snow was in western Massachusetts with 30.8” in Plainfield, 26” in Windsor and 24” in Savoy. New York’s Central Park recorded 2.9” of snowfall during the storm. This was the first time in October that they saw an inch or more of snowfall since records began in 1869.

The heavy, wet October snow also weighed down trees, causing widespread damage across the Northeast. Many trees fell on power lines, causing major outages to nearly 3 million homes and businesses. With the leaves still on the trees, more snow was able to pile up on the branches causing them to snap and fall on power lines.

The storm was blamed for at least nine deaths, and states of emergency were declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York. Many areas hit by the storm were also struck by Irene just two months ago.
 
Take a look at pictures of this historic storm. One picture shows the storm with a well defined eye on Saturday afternoon! This storm was being compared to a large tropical storm slamming into the northeast. Another picture shows the center of the Nor’easter Sunday morning and also the areas of fresh snow cover left by the storm.

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