Jan 26, 2015 5:31 PM
New England bracing for what could be an historic snow storm. One that could rival the infamous blizzard of '96.
Looking back, it was January 6th, 1996 when a nor'easter paralyzed the eastern seaboard for the better part of a week. Ten states and 63 million people were buried under 18 inches to three or more feet of snow, including the heavily populated corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston.
The National Weather Service reported 60 deaths and insurance claims for damage at more than $500 million, but some reports cite as high as $3-billion in damage and more than 150 deaths.
The national weather service said Boston got slammed with 29"of snow. In New Hampshire the southern third of the state and the seacoast felt the brunt of it with 12" in Portsmouth. Northern New Hampshire was pretty much spared. Portland, Maine saw about 10".
New York and Washington, D.C. took a beating. Such a beating that president Bill Clinton shut down the federal government for nearly a week because of the storm and declared D.C. and nine states disaster areas.
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