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7 snowstorms that crippled the East Coast

By: Shea Gunther on Jan. 25, 2016, 11:44 a.m.
Snowy street in Brookline, Mass.

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Snowpocalypse 2011

In January 2011, a series of major blizzards hit the East Coast, dropping about 20 inches of snow in Central Park, 2 feet in Brooklyn and 18 inches in Boston. Some New York City subway riders were trapped in cars for more than 10 hours, and thousands of flights, buses and trains were cancelled. Even the NFL took the unusual (and unpopular) step of postponing a game in the face of the storm.

In Southern cities like Atlanta, Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlotte, North Carolina, snow covered the ground, then turned into sheets of ice that shut down the region as temperatures remained low for days.