Location: New York City and the Northeast
Known as "The White Hurricane" and starting as a freezing rainstorm on March 11th, this late season Nor'easter quickly became one of the worst storm events ever recorded along the eastern seaboard. Its effects were felt from Boothbay Harbor Maine to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
Although areas both north and south of the city were severely impacted, low population densities limited the destructive force of the storm in outlying areas. 50 inches of snow fell in Connecticut and Massachusetts and in areas of New Jersey and Long Island. Saratoga Springs, New York was buried under 58 inches of snow.
True blizzard conditions lasted for nearly 40 hours in New York City, freezing the East River solid. Hundreds of moored boats and ferries were destroyed as a result. Trains froze in place on the tracks. The city's water supply froze solid. Telegraph poles and thousands of miles of their thick electrical cables collapsed under the onslaught of ice and wind.