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Historic Snowstorm Blasts Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

23 Jan 2016, 11:02 pm

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A historic blizzard dropped over three feet of snow in parts of the mid-Atlantic while several cities saw their biggest snowstorm on record this weekend.

Baltimore, Maryland recorded 29.2″ of snow at Baltimore-Washington International Airport as of Saturday night, making it the biggest snowstorm in the city’s recorded history. New York City saw its greatest one-day snowfall on record with an astonishing 26.6″ on Saturday alone, with the official observation site at Central Park falling a paltry 0.1″ shy of its greatest snowstorm on record (26.9″ in February 2006). Allentown, Pennsylvania (31.7″) and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (30.2″) also saw their biggest snowstorms on record.

Washington’s Reagan National Airport had 17.8″ of snowfall, although the total was contested by some in the local meteorological community. Dulles International Airport, about 30 miles away, saw 28.3″ of snow. Philadelphia saw 20.8″ of snow, with none of those amounts finalized as of early Sunday morning local time.

Airports up and down the East Coast were closed due to the snow, with Washington’s Reagan and Dulles airports expected to keep their runways closed through Sunday as crews clear the snowfall. New York City and Washington DC declared emergencies due to the blizzard, and New York imposed a travel ban on Saturday.

The highest snowfall total as of early Sunday morning was in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where 40.5″ of snow fell, breaking West Virginia’s previous 24-hour snowfall record.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this historic storm.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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