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The Storm of the Century
March 12-14, 1993
Stacie Hanes

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Meanwhile, arctic air was pouring into the northern and central sections of the US. As the cold airmass interacted with the cyclone, heavy snow and blizzard conditions were reported from Alabama to the Virginias. Multiple all-time snowfall records fell. Fifty inches was reported at Mount Mitchell, NC, with the highest snow total of 56" of the storm occuring at Monte Le Conte, TN. Even over the Florida Panhandle 6" fell. Portions of the Southeast received 9-12 inches of snow with isolated higher amounts. The heavy snow and blizzard conditions stranded travelers and collapsed roofs.

In the Northeast, where heavy snows are more common, totals were extremely high in some cases, with Syracuse recieving 43 inches, and Lincoln, NH receiving 35 inches. However, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York had rain and/or ice and generally received less than 12" (Fig 2).

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