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Big snowstorms have occurred in March It's the anniversary month of two major blizzards

Published March 10. 2012 09:01AM

There's no month more fickle than March.

It signals the official start of spring. It gives us temperatures into the 80s.

It also gives us major snowstorms.

Forecasters agree that there's nothing on the horizon at the present time to indicate any major snowstorms occurring this year.

But two of the most paralyzing blizzards in history have occurred in March.

March 12-13, 1993 brought us the "Storm of the Century," with dumped over two feet of snow locally and 42 inches of snow in Tobyhanna.

A little over a century earlier, March 11-14, 1888, the"Blizzard of 88" occurred. This was perhaps the most legendary of all historic snowstorms, blocking passenger trains for days and resulting in over 400 deaths.

The New York Herald wrote of the 1888 blizzard, "A great white hurricane roared all day through New York ... and turned the comfortable city into a wild and bewildering waste of snow and ice."

The Blizzard of 88 arrived on March 11 as a soft, gentle rain in the last days of winter. No one expected anything more. Weather forecasters were fooled. They called for clearing, balmier weather from Washington to Boston.

Three days later, the blizzard ended with corpses encased in snowbanks.

So spectacular was the storm that several books were written about it.

Another magnificent storm occurred on the first day of spring in 1958. On March 20 of that year, over 20 inches of snow fell in the Panther Valley.

This huge accumulation came only three days after another storm dumped a half-foot of snow on the region.

The American Meteorological Society writes of a storm which occurred March 24, 1765. More than two feet of snow was measured in Eastern Pa. It was called "The Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm" because George Washington in Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson in Monticello were marooned by this storm.

We've had a lot of snowstorms occur in March.

Even if we make it through this month, don't put your snow shovel away. There have been snowstorms in April.

One such storm happened April 5, 1982 when a foot of snow fell. When meteorologists predicted the storm, one radio disc jockey laughed and called the forecast "ridiculous."

However, when people woke up on the morning of April 5, they found that a freak snowstorm had indeed blanketed the area.

Thunderstorms with frequent lightning were reported with this storm.

While we've mentioned that many snowstorms have occurred in early spring, one thing appears certain.

It won't be snowing on your St. Patrick's Day Parade tomorrow in Jim Thorpe. Not with temperatures predicted to be near 60 degrees.

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