THE BLIZZARD OF '96

UP AND DOWN THE EASTERN SEABOARD, THIS WAS THE SNOWSTORM BY WHICH ALL OTHERS WILL BE MEASURED

IT WAS ERASURE ON A NEAR IMPOSSIBLE SCALE. FIRST the sky went blank, and then the ground. Then, in most places, your front steps disappeared, then your car; and finally, your schedule for the next 48 hours. How big was the snowstorm that hit the Eastern states early last week? So big that in each new place it bulldozed over, it toppled a different historical precedent. In New York City they compared it to the great storm of 1947. In Boston it was the blizzard of 1978. In Raleigh, North Carolina, the snow of 1989. That won't happen next time. Whenever...

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