Germantown, MD  20876      3/29/2015
 
In partnership with   ABC7-WeatherBug
Local Forecast Doppler Radar Alerts Weather Cameras Photos Health/Outdoors Storm Central  U.S.  World
  Change Location New WeatherBug Video Player
Storm Central
Remembering the Blizzard of 1993
UPDATED March 9, 2015
By WeatherBug Meteorologists


Mother Nature typically puts the breaks on winter storms by March but this week 22 years ago proved to be anything but spring-like for the East Coast. One of the worst storms in generations brought everything from deadly tornadoes to heavy, drifting snow from Florida to Maine.
The storm`s impact was massive: between March 12 and 14, 1993, it affected 26 U.S. states and an estimated 130-million Americans, as well as much of the Caribbean and eastern Canada. Due to these factors, it was hailed as the largest storm since 1899. A few meteorologists even coined the storm "The Storm of the Century."
The storm produced incredible amounts of snow from New England to the Deep South, deadly tornadoes in Florida, and hurricane force winds to Cuba and Mexico`s Yucatan Peninsula.
The winter storm had humble origins as a weak low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico. As it moved northward into the Deep South on March 11, it encountered unseasonably cold air digging into the Midwest and Northeast. The clash of the Arctic air mass digging south and the moisture spiraling around the low led to rapid intensification of the storm across the Tennessee Valley.
By the evening of March 12, the storm set its crosshairs on the Florida Gulf coast and the Caribbean. A line of severe thunderstorms slammed ashore from the northern end of the Tampa Bay area to Cuba.
The storms produced 115 mph winds in Hernando County, Fla., 130 mph gusts in Havana, Cuba, and 109 mph in the Florida Keys. Eleven tornadoes were reported across the Sunshine State, largely during the night of March 12-13, resulting in ten deaths.
As the low moved up the eastern Seaboard on March 13, it became a monster winter storm. Before the storm exited into the Canadian Maritimes on March 14, blizzard conditions pounded the Eastern Seaboard from Alabama to Maine. Snowfall rates of 2-to-3 inches per hour and hurricane-force winds forced every airport along the Eastern Seaboard to close for the first time ever.
The highest snowfall totals from the storm include the following:
  • Mount Le Conte, Tenn.: 60 inches
  • Grantsville, Md.: 47 inches
  • Syracuse, N.Y.: 43 inches
  • Albany, N.Y.: 27 inches
  • Chattanooga, Tenn: 20 inches
  • Birmingham, Ala.: 17 inches
  • Mobile, Ala.: 3 inches

Snowdrifts as high as 15 feet were observed at Mount Mitchell, N.C., and 10-foot snowdrifts closed interstates from the Tennessee Valley to New England.
Behind the storm, extremely cold air poured into the East. Nearly 150 record low temperatures were recorded between March 14 and 15, with many locations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic dropping below zero degrees. Burlington, Vt. dropped to minus-12 degrees, while Birmingham, Ala. stayed just above zero degrees, with a record low of 2 degrees.

At its peak, the storm`s barometric pressure dropped to 28.35 inches of mercury, a pressure comparable to a major Category 3 hurricane. Damage was estimated at $6.6 billion, and nearly 300 people were killed between the tornadoes and heavy snow.
Although snow quickly melted following the storm, many Eastern residents will not soon forget the impact of the Blizzard of 1993.
Know Before(tm) and stay informed! Download WeatherBug for your mobile device and desktop computer for real-time observations, forecasts for 2.6 million cities, and the most advanced warnings to severe weather. Follow us on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook.
---
Story Image: Snow buries a car in Asheville, N.C., during the 1993 blizzard with a downed tree adjacent to the vehicle. (Image Courtesy of NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
What do you think of this story?
Click here for comments or suggestions.

Previous Stories:
Today's Weather Outlook - UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, March 13, 2015
Simple Ways For Allergy Relief - Updated April 8, 2013
Spring Soaker Heads For Soggy Miss. Valley, East - UPDATED 6 AM CDT, March 13, 2015
Doppler Radar and Maps      More
Rain, Snow & Precipitation Maps
Enlarge
Regional Map
National Map
Severe Weather Alerts      More

Latest Warnings & Watches

Local Alerts
National Alerts
Mobile Alerts

Live Weather Cameras      More

Local Camera

WeatherBug Headquarters
Germantown, MD
Enlarge
Health & Outdoors      More

Air Quality, UV Index & More

Trails
Air Quality
UV Index

Products and Services
For Your Home
For Your Business
WeatherBug FREE Weather Software

WeatherBug Software Downloads: 79,770,925

New! Watch WeatherBug Videos

Featured Photos

Enlarge Photo

More Photos
Submit Your Photo
Photo of the Day

"Bay sunset."
World Weather      More

World Forecasts & Conditions

Select a City
World Weather
World Weather Maps

More WeatherBug Stations
Next closest WeatherBug weather stations to ,  20876:
21.0°F   WeatherBug Headquarters, Germantown, MD
23.3°F   Seneca Valley HS, Germantown, MD
21.2°F   Montgomery Village MS, Montgomery Village, MD
Select a different WeatherBug station
Local Forecast Doppler Radar Alerts Weather Cameras Photos Health/Outdoors Storm Central  U.S.  World
WeatherBug.com | About Us | Press & Testimonials | Support | Contact | Feedback
Free Download | Mobile | Business | Education | Media/Broadcast | Government | Advertising
Read our Terms of Use. By clicking to download WeatherBug, you agree to these terms.
© WeatherBug, 2006. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy