THE WEATHER: Winter's Last Blow

Winter's last crushing blow began as a weak storm in the South. Laden with tropic moisture, it swung up the East Coast, began dumping wet snow, thousands of tons of it, across a 200-mile-wide belt, from Virginia all the way up to Maine.

Twenty inches piled up in the Washington metropolitan area, as much as 40 inches in Pennsylvania, 20 inches in New York City suburbs, 35 inches in northern New Jersey. And wherever it fell, it brought fresh hardship to the land. Absenteeism dogged the factories. Ohrbach's department store in Manhattan looked like a morgue; other New York...

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