Weather: Belial Unbound

The snow came fluttering down, conveniently, on the weekend, the first real fall of the season in many areas. It ended four days later as one of the century's wickedest storms, a Belial of a blizzard that disrupted life for millions in the eastern third of the nation and caused at least 208 deaths.

In Washington, which clings fondly to the notion that it is a semitropical Southern city, and has little truck with snowplows and such, 12 in. of squashy snow, on top of 7½ in. from the week before, immobilized the Government more effectively than SMERSH could have done....

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