1997: The "Great April Fools Day Snowstorm"

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April snowfalls in the northeastern section of the United States are not unusual, but heavy snowfalls are rare. April snowfall totals average less than 5% of the season average in places like Boston. In fact, the normal snowfall in the month of April in Boston is less than 2”. In 1997 what would go into the books at the Great April Fools Day Snowstorm blasted up the East Coast. Cold air was already firmly in place across the region and this system pounded New England on April 1, 1997. 25.4” of snow fell at Boston’s Logan Airport, and broke the all-time 24-hour snowfall record of 23.6" set 1n February 1978. 100,000 people were left without power. This storm also made April 1997 the snowiest on record, easily surpassing the 13.3” that fell in April 1982. Winds gusted to 72 mph on Blue Mountain, Massachusetts, and to 54 mph in Boston. In a 2-day period from March 31 to April 1 Milford, Massachusetts picked up 36”, and Worcester, Mass was buried under 33”. Parts of the Catskills in New York State had up to 40”. In parts of Northwestern NJ, as much as 2’ of snow fell.

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