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The Blizzard of '88
March 11-14, 1988
Stacie Hanes

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As low pressure lifted northeast from the Southeastern United States, the ingredients needed for a damaging blizzard were already in motion. Unseasonably warm weather was in place over the East Coast. As the storm moved offshore and intensified (Figure 1), heavy rain changed to snow and temperatures dropped significantly. Winds increased dramatically. The weather plots on Figure 2 shows temperatures ranging from the 30s in Maine and New Hampshire to the lower 20s in eastern New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

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