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Winter Storm Anniversaries

Notorious winter storms in the U.S.

When destructive winter weather events cause utility failures, homeowners are forced to make the best of an especially difficult situation. Without a functional heating system, pipes can freeze and burst, causing an unexpected hit to the pocketbook of affected homeowners. They must also monitor their sump pumps to avoid potential flooding while exploring ways to keep their family warm as cold temperatures creep in. Needless to say, all of this can make life miserable. 

Let’s take a look at some of the worst snowstorms in the past three years to hit the United States.  

Winter Storm Jonas of 2016

On Jan. 22, 2016, Winter Storm Jonas hit the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast and some of Midwestern areas. It brought coastal flooding to parts of New Jersey and Delaware.  According to The Weather Channel, Winter Storm Jonas was the “all-time heaviest snowstorm.  This Category 4 storm reached 42 inches in snowfall total in parts of West Virginia, 14 other states received more than a foot of snow from the storm and up to 85 miles per hour winds hit the Northern Atlantic while flooding occurred in New Jersey and Delaware.” 

Winter Storm Stella of 2017 

From March 14-15, 2017, Winter Storm Stella “became the heaviest snowstorm on record in Binghampton, New York, surpassing Winter Storm Argos in November,” according to The Weather Channel. The snowstorm was rated Category 3 and brought 2-5 ft. of snow in parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Winds reached up to 80 miles per hour, causing power lines and trees to collapse, resulting in tens of thousands to lose power.

It continued into the Midwest, with up to 20 inches total snowfall in southeast Wisconsin and Illinois. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport reported 7.7 in. of total snowfall, Ohio had in total 20 in. of snowfall, and Minnesota reached up to 23 in. of snow. It then dusted the Southern states with an inch of snow, making it the first measurable March snowfall in almost 34 years. 

Winter Storm Grayson of 2018

On Jan. 4, 2018, Winter Storm Grayson hit the East Coast, with The Weather Channel calling it “one of the most intense western Atlantic winter storms in decades.” Grayson produced major blizzard conditions, coastal flooding and ice events in the Southeast. The top snow total was 22 in. in Maine, while New York  had a total of 16 in., and near JFK airport, winds reached 50 miles per hour. According to The Weather Channel, “whiteout conditions blasted parts of the Jersey shore, Delaware and the Virginia Tidewater, fueled by wind gust from 45 to 50 miles per hour”. 

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