Extreme Blizzards

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By Kevin Arnone on January 31, 2012, 12:00am

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Here are some quick facts about the worst blizzards to slam Connecticut over the past 125 years...

Blizzard of 1888

Reports of up to 50 inches of snow

Sustained winds of 45mph

Snow drifts 20 to 30 feet high

25 million in damage (1888) compared to 1.2 billion (2008)

400 Deaths (across the Northeast)

March 1960

Over 20 inches in some parts of the state

80 deaths across the Northeast

Blizzard of 1978

Snowfall totals anywhere from 1 to 3 feet

Wind gusts up to 79 mph

3" per hour snowfall rates

Entire state shut down for several days

Superstorm of 1993

Intense snowfall with lightning and thunder

3 people were killed in the state

Snowflakes size of fist reported

Total snowfall up to 2 feet

Blizzard of 1996

18.2 inches of snow in Hartford

Reports of 30+ inches in Litchfield County

President's Day Storm II (2003)

New Haven received 18.5 inches of snow

The worst overall snow storm in the Northeast since 1996

Blizzard of 2006

Bridgeport 12.5 inches of snow

Hartford 21.9 inches of snow

Snowfall rates of 3 to 5 inches per hour in southwest Connecticut

Numerous reports of over 2 feet of snow

Blizzard of 2010

A foot of snow in Bridgeport

Over 20 inches in parts of the Litchfield Hills

Peak wind gust of 68 mph near New London

Defining a Blizzard:

A storm with heavy snowfall, sustained winds over 35 miles per hour and visibilities under 1/4 of a mile, lasting for at least 3 consecutive hours.

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