The Snow-Storms of the Past
Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
January 30 1873
Among the great snow-storms of the past, few were more extended in their range or more disastrous to life and property than that of January 17, 1867. It lasted nearly twenty-five hours, and was accompanied by a furious gale and very cold weather. It extended as far west as the Plains, and was bounded on the south by the Ohio and Potomac, although some of its effects reached to Hampton Roads. Another severe storm occurred on the 20th. Wrecks were piled up along the coast and scores of lives were lost. Many persons were bewildered in the snow and quite a number were frozen to death, especially in New England.
The storm of January 19, 1857, stopped all the railroads of New England. The Stonington road was not opened until January 27th. Trains did not commence running between Hartford and Providence until the same day. In some parts of Connecticut the thermometer was 30 degrees below zero.
In the storm of December 28, 1853, the snow began falling at eleven o’clock Wednesday morning and continued till four o’clock Thursday afternoon. The snow was drifted as high as the tops of the cars. A train of three locomotives occupied from morning till night in accomplishing five miles.
The great snow-storm of January 15, 1831 was a stupendous one. The snow was drifted in some places in the cities to the depth of fifteen feet. The churches were generally closed on the following Sunday; partly because the snow was piled so high against the doors they could not be opened.
In February 1829, so heavy a snow fell that many persons engaged in festivities commemorative of Washington’s birthday throughout the country were snowed up in halls and had to remain in them for days
[Submitted by Nancy Piper]