The Worst Snowstorms In U.S. History

As the nation heads into another winter season, the rise of extreme weather means people across the country will be watching out for snowstorms. The Onion takes a look at the worst snowstorms in U.S. history.


Christmas Snowstorm Of 1831:

Intense snow and cold on Christmas Eve along the Eastern seaboard led to the deaths of dozens of little match girls.

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Great Blizzard Of 1888:

Over 400 people died, but it was 1888, so that kind of stuff probably happened all the time.


White Hurricane Of 1913:

The most devastating storm to ever hit the Great Lakes caused waves as high as 10 meters, which scientists theorize could have been hundreds of feet.

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1940 Armistice Day Blizzard:

A massive snowstorm in the Midwest killed 25 duck hunters in what is very prematurely dubbed the tragedy of the decade.

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Super Bowl Blizzard Of 1975:

The one your dad is always talking about.


Northeastern Blizzard Of 1978:

It took crews 10 years to dig out Rhode Island.


1993 Storm Of The Century:

The blizzard and hurricane would have only caused some property damage had it not tragically coincided with the Bikini Car Wash Of The Century.

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1997 Storm Of Savings:

Residents of Eau Claire, WI were devastated by the gale-force savings at Ace Appliance’s Black Friday sale.

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2010 Snowmageddon:

This crippling blizzard earned its name when President Barack Obama addressed the storm during a meeting and begged for it to bring about Judgment Day at last. 

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