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> East Coast Blizzard of 1996
post Jul 10 2010, 08:00 PM
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This Storm produced 22 in of snow and was the biggest in Mahopac history ohmy.gif... I remember how big of an impact it had in my area and along the east coast. It Virtually shut down my town and the area. Discuss the impact and your first hand account of the storm....

Thank You, Nick L

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post Jul 31 2010, 12:04 PM
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Here in Richmond, VA we had around 22" from that beast. I remember that day they started with a forecast of 12", then went to 16", then 18"...They had no idea. That storm shut us down for 2 weeks. In 1996 I was in 7th grade, and we got out of school for almost 2 straight weeks.

By far my favorite winter storm.

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post Aug 11 2010, 09:50 AM
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Def my favorite winter storm. In Front Royal, VA, I measured 37 inches - and I lived in town. Everything about that storm was perfect. Temps were in the low-mid 20's, every flake stuck, no chance of sleet mix or changing to FR as many storms here do, and it stayed below freezing for more than a week afterwards. It also occurred in early Jan, so the sun angle did not cause much snow melt. By Feb, even on a cold day the snow melts rapidly in the sun. I don't know the official record - I know there is talk of a huge storm that occurred nearer the beginning of the 1900s, and several more recent storms that deserve consideration, but this was the biggest snow of my lifetime (since 1970). It started on late Sat. evening (I, my young son, and several friends waited until we had two-inches on the ground (about midnight) then went sledding - it was a great time), and didn't stop snowing until mid-day on Monday. I've never seen a storm last that long. The town was shut-down for days. We were young, strong, and eager, so we shovelled our way out and had free run of the place. We tied sleds to the back bumper of one of friend's truck and rode them through the streets and at high speeds along the county roads. (Not smart, but when you're early 20's you do some crazy things - of course, my son was not there when we did that) We did this for about a week. It was a blast!
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