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6 snowstorms that crippled the East Coast

1993 blizzard

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Storm of the Century in 1993

Of all the storms on this list, the blizzard that ravaged the East Coast of the U.S. in 1993 is probably most likely to have left an impression on modern readers. The storm, also known as the '93 Superstorm, pounded the East Coast for two days in early March, dumping snow even in Florida. Hurricane-force winds toppled buildings and brought down power lines and tornadoes raged, killing dozens. In its wake, the storm left a sharp, deep cold and four feet of snow in some places. Many Southern cities and regions were shut down for days.

This was no regular storm — the hurricane winds and massive accumulations were often accompanied by lightning strikes, of which more than 60,000 were recorded. The storm caused more than $10 billion in damage and will be long remembered as the Big One.