One of the most devastating blizzards to hit the northeastern US began in the early hours of Monday, 12 March 1888. A snowfall of 40– 50 inches, accompanied by gale-force winds, left drifts as high as 30– 40 feet. More than 400 persons died in the storm (200 at New York City alone). Some survivors of the storm, “The Blizzard Men of 1888,” held annual meetings at New York City as late as 1941 to recount personal recollections of the event.
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