Dust off those shovels because a late blooming Nor’easter is bearing down the coast with promises of significant snowfall.
This winter has been pretty tame compared to seasons’ past, so it’s understandable why we’re resisting the urge to clean the grocery stores of all their bread and milk.
Snow in March isn’t that much of a rarity. According to CT.gov, the state historically averages about 10 inches during the month. CT also experienced its fair share of powerful March blizzards.
The worst blizzard on record is the Blizzard of 1888 (dubbed “The Great White Hurricane,) which punished the state with over 40 inches of snow. Yep, it happened in March. Some towns reported over 50 inches and snowdrifts as high as 30 feet!
Okay, so that was over 100 years ago. It’s not like we recently had to deal with a winter storm so late in the season. Global warming and all that, right? Wrong.
The Blizzard of 1956 dropped about 22 inches all over the state. That year is also down in the books as the snowiest March in history.
The Nor’easter of 1960, which yielded between 10 to 20 inches of snow, was dubbed a “category 4” storm by meteorologists.
1993 wasn’t a cakewalk, either, when the “Storm of the Century” dumped between 8 to 21 inches on the state.
So, it looks like we’re overdue for something. Is it right now? Probably not. With forecasters predicting that Winter Storm Regis will drop about six inches of snow on us, a dusting compared to these record holders, it looks like we’re definitely going to work/school on Monday. Sorry!