Excerpt from an article published on January 8, 1996. 3. Feb. 5-6, 2010 The flat roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre, the largest and newest movie house in D.C. at the time, collapsed during a Jan. 28 evening showing of the silent film "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford," killing 98 people and injuring 133. From the Vault, Weather It was known as “The Great Furlough Storm” and ultimately as the “Blizzard of ’96,” and began in the D.C. area late Saturday evening, Jan. 6, 1996. To round out the month of January 1996, another 4-6” of snow blanketed the region a few days later, followed by devastating and costly flooding later in the month in much of the mid-Atlantic. The only portions of the Northeast to escape the onslaught were northern and western New York and the upper reaches of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C. VMI superintendent resigns after Black cadets describe relentless racism, Torched Trump signs, raised middle fingers: Why D.C. can’t wait for the election to end, In Gettysburg, Trump supporters clash with Black Lives Matter protesters as election nears, California sees new wildfires ignite near Los Angeles amid powerful Santa Ana winds. Ever since that snowy January, whereas the NWS continues to advertise a storm total of 17.1” for the “Blizzard of ‘96,” others have occasionally included the additional snow from the “clipper” in the overall storm total. The January 2016 United States Blizzard was a crippling and historic nor'easter blizzard that produced up to 3 ft (91 cm) of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States from January 22 to January 24, 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images), 2003: Workers remove snow after one of D.C.'s biggest snowstorms in history, Feb. 15-18, 2003. Snowfall: 16.4". Snow fell heavily from Boston to D.C. during the long weekend, partially due to moisture from El Nino. By 10 p.m., 14.8 inches had fallen at BWI. Snowfall: 17.1". But at Baltimore’s official measuring station, BWI Airport, only about 35 miles to the north, the storm is considered No.2, with about 9” more snow. It closed Interstate 65 in Alabama, choked major highways on the East Coast with small mountains of drifting snow and stranded thousands of people caught in its wide, white path. Dec. 18-19, 2009 Snowfall: 16.7". Right on the heels of a Federal Government shutdown that furloughed most Federal employees, some of the heaviest snow of the late 20th century blanketed the highly populated urban corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Massachusetts. All rights reserved, potentially historic snowfall in the forecast, Dubbed Snowmaggedon by President Barack Obama, 16 rows of soldiers' names buried in snow, shut down the federal government for nearly a week, closing the area's three major airports and shutting down Metro, 2009 "Snowpocalypse" that blasted the East Coast, giving D.C. residents a rare white Christmas, storm that ranged from the Virginia mountains to the lower Eastern Shore. Dubbed the Great Blizzard of 1899, this storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States, including southern states all the way down to Florida. They found two common criteria, both of which were met by the Blizzard of ’96. Snowfall: 20.5". The storm caused the Smithsonian museums to close for two days in a row, something that hadn't happened in 50 years. I say apparently because this is where the measurement gets murky. The President's Day Snowstorm of 1979 caught D.C. by surprise since forecasters predicted that the storm would bypass the city. Snow on the deck in the Columbia, Maryland, townhouse. That made it the city's third worst blizzard, after the storm on Dec. 26-27, 1947, that dropped 26.4 inches and an 1888 storm that left 21 inches. Forecasters say the snow, driven by winds with gusts topping 30 mph, will make it tough — if not impossible — for plows to keep major highways clear before the first commuters venture out around dawn. There are only 13 years on record that had an inch or more of snow on the ground in D.C. on Christmas. 4. Total property damage estimates range from $600 million to $3 billion.
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